Tag Archives: eDiscovery

“Very Hidden” Worksheets in Excel – Another eDiscovery Challenge

Most experienced Excel users know how to find and unhide hidden worksheets in an Excel file.  Typically, you can right-click on any tab name and you will see the Unhide option if there are any hidden worksheets. (More about that below)  Any attorney … Continue reading

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Pseudo-Scientific Notation, or The Mysterious Case of the Middle E

Typing a part number like 32E50 into an Excel spreadsheet can give you fits.  Excel thinks you are using shorthand for scientific notation, and converts this string into the number 3.20E+51 (or 32 with 50 zeroes) – Ugh!  The way to overcome … Continue reading

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Finding and Reviewing Comment Boxes in Excel Files

Following the Wells Fargo inadvertent disclosure episode, I wrote a blog post describing several ways to find hidden content in Excel files.  In this post I discuss another feature of Excel that all lawyers, but especially legal document reviewers, should know about: the comment box. … Continue reading

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Avoiding Inadvertent Productions and Other Excel Blunders: New CLE via Wolters Kluwer/myLawCLE

Wolters Kluwer/myLawCLE will webcast my exciting new CLE presentation from 2-4 pm on October 16th.  I will use real Excel files to explain tricky features of Excel that attorneys must be aware of, such as hidden content, filters, comment boxes, … Continue reading

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Digital Detectives Podcast Interview with Excel Esquire’s Ben Kusmin – Spreadsheets as Evidence

Sharon Nelson and John Simek from the Legal Talk Network’s Digital Detectives podcast recently interviewed Excel Esquire’s Ben Kusmin about the pitfalls (and opportunities) faced by lawyers when handling their clients’ Excel spreadsheets. Among other things, we discussed native review of … Continue reading

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Nassau County Bar Association CLE Event – March 8

The Nassau Academy of Law, the educational arm of the NCBA, will host an Excel Esquire CLE lunch program called “Excel Essentials for the Practice of Law” on Wednesday, March 8.  Lunch is served at 12:30, and the one-hour program … Continue reading

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Highlight Every Other Row of a Privilege Log (or other spreadsheet!)

Happy New Year, readers! Today’s tip is an old favorite, and one that can save you a lot of tedious work.   It exploits Excel’s conditional formatting feature to quickly highlight every other row of your privilege log, or any other … Continue reading

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Hide Your Name When Printing Outlook Emails

When you print an Outlook email–whether your own or someone else’s–your own name appears by default in large text at the top of the printout. This is awkward if you are printing emails as a delegate, or are using them as … Continue reading

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Redact Native Excel Files with the Filter Tool

Sometimes you need to produce only certain rows of a large Excel spreadsheet.  Some lawyers will painstakingly apply redaction stamps to hundreds of pages of tiff images, leaving only the responsive rows visible. This is a terrible waste of time and money, and … Continue reading

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Get Excel to Automatically Launch Documents from an Exhibit List, Privilege Log, or Hot Documents List

Today I’ll explain how to create a schedule of documents or other files in Excel that includes a hyperlink for each document.  Anyone reviewing this list will be able to open any document described on it by just clicking the link.  This makes it … Continue reading

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