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New to Pivot Tables or want to get more out of them? This online course is designed to give you a solid understanding of Pivot Tables, taking you from novice to ninja!
Pivot Tables are a powerful tool within Excel that can be used to analyze, sort, filter and present data in an understandable way.
In 38 engaging lessons you will learn best practices for preparing source data, using database data, how to preserve formats and create custom styles, sorting and filtering techniques, and much more.
Whether you use Excel for work or study, these tutorials will start you on your journey to becoming a Pivot Tables Ninja! Learn more about how a GoSkills Excel certification can boost your career.
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The Very Basics
What is a PivotTable - and Why Do You Care?
PivotTables open up your world to quickly summarize data and build solutions that others can explore.
The PivotTable Life Cycle
Understanding how the life cycle of a PivotTable solution is different than an ad-hoc reporting solution.
Creating Your First PivotTable
Creating your first PivotTable is the first step to unlocking serious Excel power in data optimization.
Field Well Options
Determining the Field Well options you’d like to use to view your PivotTable data.
Sourcing Your Data
Source Data Best Practices
Setting up your data sets to ensure that they will be able to be consumed by a PivotTable.
Using Excel Ranges
Choosing between building quick and dirty PivotTables or future-proofing PivotTables for future updates.
Preparing Source Data
When you need to aggregate multiple tables or create new fields in order to display properly in a PivotTable.
Using External Data
Connecting to external data sources (such as databases), and pulling the data into Excel.
Managing Power Queries
Updating a Power Query solution to a new file path, allowing us to refresh the file with a click.
Laying Out the PivotTable
Totals and Sub-Totals
Use to turn totals and subtotals on/off where needed in your PivotTable.
Choosing PivotTable Layouts
Determining the basic layout you’d like to use to display your PivotTable data.
Use to group different row or column fields together for a more logical display.
When you wish to show different aggregation on your PivotTable fields than what is provided by default.
When you need to display a running total on your PivotTable.
Percent of x Calculations
When you need to display a value as the % of another value on your PivotTable.
Difference From Calculations
When you need to display values that are a difference from another value in a PivotTable. This is very useful for showing growth/decline from previous periods.
Percentage Difference From Calculations
When you need to display values that are a percentage of difference from another value in a Pivot Table. This is very useful for showing growth/decline from previous periods.
Top and Bottom x Items
When you want to filter your PivotTable to show the top/bottom x items or top/bottom x% of items in the data set.
Understanding how to create calculated fields in a PivotTable.
Understanding how to create calculated items in a PivotTable.
Value Field Formats
Various ways to display numbers in the values area of a PivotTable.
Preserving Cell Formats on Update
How to force a PivotTable to preserve cell formats and column widths when it is updated.
Using pre-defined styles with a PivotTable.
Custom PivotTable Styles
Creating your own style to use with a PivotTable.
Conditional Formatting on PivotTables
Basics of applying conditional formats to a PivotTable.
Basic sorting of row and column headers in a PivotTable.
Creating custom sort orders for a PivotTable.
Sorting the values area of a PivotTable.
Using Report Filters to narrow down results in a PivotTable.
Built-in Filter Controls
Using row and column filters to narrow down results in a PivotTable.
Slicers are user-friendly filters for PivotTables.
Timelines are date specific filters for PivotTables.
Filtering Multiple PivotTables
Filtering multiple PivotTables at once with Slicers.
Using Show Details to extract details from a summarized value.
Using the GETPIVOTDATA function to extract specific fields from a PivotTable.
Creating PivotCharts out of a PivotTable.
Automating PivotTable refresh operations.
Items to consider before releasing your file to users.