All articles in 'Pivot Tables & Charts' Category

Use GETPIVOTDATA to integrate pivot tables with dashboards

Published on Aug 26, 2015 in Pivot Tables & Charts
Use GETPIVOTDATA to integrate pivot tables with dashboards

Pivot tables are very powerful analysis tools. They can summarize vast amounts of data with just few clicks. But they are lousy when it comes to output. Imagine the horror of putting a pivot table right inside your beautiful dashboard. One refresh could ruin the layout and create half-an-hour extra work for you.

How to combine the power of pivot tables with elegance of your dashboards?

The answer is: GETPIVOTDATA()

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How to create dynamic sparklines for latest 30 days [video]

Published on Aug 2, 2015 in Charts and Graphs, Pivot Tables & Charts
How to create dynamic sparklines for latest 30 days [video]

Sparklines are fun and very insightful. They are easy to create, easy to maintain and fit into any dashboard.

But there is one tiny problem with them. Usually we have a lot of data, but we don’t to visualize all of it. We just want to visualize latest 30 days trend or last 12 months trend or QTD or something similar. What then?

In this video, learn a powerful and very simple way to create dynamic sparklines using Excel.

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Introduction to Slicers – What are they, how to use them, tips, advanced techniques & interactive reports using Excel Slicers

Published on Jun 24, 2015 in Learn Excel, Pivot Tables & Charts
Introduction to Slicers – What are they, how to use them, tips, advanced techniques & interactive reports using Excel Slicers

Slicers are one of my favorite feature in Excel. And here is a quick demo to show why they are my favorite.

Slicers – what are they?

Slicers are visual filters. Using a slicer, you can filter your data (or pivot table, pivot chart) by clicking on the type of data you want.

For example, let’s say you are looking at sales by customer profession in a pivot report. And you want to see how the sales are for a particular region. There are 2 options for you do drill down to an individual region level.

  1. Add region as report filter and filter for the region you want.
  2. Add a slicer on region and click on the region you want.

With a report filter (or any other filter), you will have to click several times to pick one store. With slicers, it is a matter of simple click.

Read more to learn all about slicers

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Who is the most consistent seller? [BYOD]

Published on Feb 18, 2015 in Analytics, Excel Howtos, Pivot Tables & Charts
Who is the most consistent seller? [BYOD]

Who is the most consistent of all?

Imagine you are a category manager at a large e-commerce company. Your site offers various products, but you don’t really make these products. You list products made by other vendors on your site. Every day, these vendors would send you invoices for the amount of product they have sold. Above is a snapshot of such invoices.

Looking at this list, you have a few questions.

  1. Who is the best seller?
  2. Who is the most active seller?
  3. Who is the most consistent seller?
  4. Which seller has fewest invoices?

Let’s go ahead and answer these using Excel. Shall we?

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How to consolidate data that is different shapes [BYOD]

Published on Feb 16, 2015 in Excel Howtos, Pivot Tables & Charts, VBA Macros
How to consolidate data that is different shapes [BYOD]

Last week, I asked my email newsletter readers to submit “one data analysis problem you are struggling with”. We called it BYOD – Bring your own data. More than 100 people have emailed various interesting (and often very difficult) problems. This week (between 16th of February to 20th of February), let’s take a look at some of these problems and solve them.

Consolidating data in different shapes

We can use either VBA or Excel’s consolidation features to combine data that has same shape (ie same number & type of columns). Here is one way to do it.

But what if we need to consolidate data that is in different shapes?

Something like above.

In such cases, we can use 3 powerful tools.

  1. Multiple Consolidation Ranges – Pivot Tables
  2. VBA
  3. Power Query

So let’s examine how to use these approaches to consolidate data in different shapes.

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Introducing…Structured References for PivotTables

Published on Oct 18, 2014 in hacks, Pivot Tables & Charts, Posts by Jeff, Random, VBA Macros

Howdy folks. Jeff here, bringing you a Public Service Announcement: Thanks to the magic of VBA , Structured PivotTable References are coming to a PivotTable near you! Structured References for PivotTables? So what? Well, because PivotTables are the best bit of ‘old’ Excel, and Tables are the best thing about ‘new’ Excel, and it’s about […]

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CP018: Dont be a Pivot Table Virgin!

In the 18th session of Chandoo.org podcast, lets loose your Pivot table virginity.

Note: This is a short format episode. Less time to listen, but just as much awesome.

CP018: Don't be a Pivot Table Virgin! - Introduction to Excel Pivot Tables - Chandoo.org Podcast

What is in this session?

Pivot tables are a very powerful & quick way to analyze data and get reports from Excel. But surprisingly, not many use them. Today, lets bust your pivot table virginity and understand the concepts like pivoting, values, labels, filters, groups and more.

In this podcast, you will learn,

  • Announcements
  • What is a Pivot Table?
  • Example of business data & reporting needs
  • Key pivot table terms to understand
  • Creating your first pivot table
  • Learning more about pivot tables
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Top 10 things we struggle to do in Excel & awesome remedies for them

Top 10 things we struggle to do in Excel & awesome remedies for them

Recently we asked you, what do you struggle doing in Excel? 170 people responded to this survey and shared their struggles. In this post, lets examine the top 10 struggles according to you and awesome remedies for them.

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Matching transactions using pivot tables [video]

Published on Jun 10, 2014 in Pivot Tables & Charts

Last week, we learned how to use formulas to reconcile (match) transactions in Excel. Today, lets take a look at even faster and simpler way to do this:

Using Pivot Tables

 

Here is a short video explaining the technique and why it works. See it below

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Finding Conversion ratio using Pivot Table Calculated Items

Published on Mar 6, 2013 in Pivot Tables & Charts, Power Pivot
Finding Conversion ratio using Pivot Table Calculated Items

Today, lets understand how to use Calculated items feature in Pivot tables. We will use a practical problem many of us face to learn this feature – ie calculating conversion ratio from a list of sales calls.

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Highlight Quarters, Weekends in pivot reports using styles [quick tip]

Published on Nov 8, 2012 in Excel Howtos, Pivot Tables & Charts
Highlight Quarters, Weekends in pivot reports using styles [quick tip]

Here is a quick pivot table tip.

When reporting summaries by month, it would be better to highlight 3 months at a time (Jan, Feb, Mar in one color, Apr, May, Jun in another color) than showing all in one color. Today, lets learn how to do this in easiest possible way.

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Show monthly values & % changes in one pivot table

Published on Nov 6, 2012 in Excel Howtos, Pivot Tables & Charts
Show monthly values & % changes in one pivot table

Pivot tables are great help when analyzing lots of data. One of the common questions managers & analysts ask (when looking at monthly sales data for example) is,

How is the monthly performance of our teams (or regions, products etc.)?

A pivot report can answer this question in a snap. Today lets learn how to do that.

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Using pivot tables to find out non performing customers

Published on Oct 3, 2012 in Excel Howtos, Pivot Tables & Charts, VBA Macros
Using pivot tables to find out non performing customers

Moosa, one of our readers emailed this interesting question:

I have huge list of customers (around 1500).
Table includes following information
Customer # , Customer Name, Sales 2002, sales 2003, … sales 2012

My requirements are
1. list of customer who did not have sales during all these years
2. List of customer who have not business from 2003
3. List of customer who have not business from 2004

Today, lets learn how to identify all the non-performing customers.

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Sort Pivot Tables the way you want [Quick tip]

Published on May 31, 2012 in Excel Howtos, Pivot Tables & Charts
Sort Pivot Tables the way you want [Quick tip]

Ever looked at a Pivot table & wondered how you can sort it differently?

“If only I could show this report of monthly sales such that our best months are on top!”

Well, there is a way to do it without sacrificing 2 goats or pleasing the office Excel god. Just use custom sorting options in Pivot tables.

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Displaying Text Values in Pivot Tables without VBA

Published on May 7, 2012 in Excel Howtos, Huis, Pivot Tables & Charts, Posts by Hui
Displaying Text Values in Pivot Tables without VBA

Pivot tables are a great way of summarising and consolidating data to produce summary reports.

One of the main limitations of Pivot tables is that they don’t natively return Text values.

This post looks at a method to work around this without the use of VBA.

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