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Excel Pivot Tables Tutorial : What is a Pivot Table and How to Make one

Excel Pivot Tables Tutorial : What is a Pivot Table and How to Make one

Excel pivot tables are very useful and powerful feature of MS Excel. They can be used to summarize, analyze, explore and present your data. In plain English, it means, you can take the sales data with columns like salesman, region and product-wise revenues and use pivot tables to quickly find out how products are performing in each region.

In this tutorial, we will learn what is a pivot table and how to make a pivot table using excel.

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Pivot Tables from large data-sets – 5 examples

Published on Aug 2, 2019 in Pivot Tables & Charts
Pivot Tables from large data-sets – 5 examples

Let’s say you are starting at a large dataset with multiple columns. You need to make a pivot report from it for a client or manager. How would you go about it?

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How to conditionally format visuals in Power BI?

Published on Jul 30, 2019 in Power BI
How to conditionally format visuals in Power BI?

Do you know that you can apply conditional formatting rules to visuals in Power BI? In this post, let’s learn how to conditionally format visuals in Power BI. Something like this:

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Tour de France – Distance & Pace over time – Radial Charts

Tour de France – Distance & Pace over time – Radial Charts

This is an Excel replica of excellent Tableau visual on Tour de France winner data made by Marc Reid.

Last week I saw a stunning visualization on Tour de France using radial charts. I wanted to replicate it in Excel. So here we go.

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Make info-graphics with shape fill technique [Charting Tip]

Published on Jul 11, 2019 in Charts and Graphs
Make info-graphics with shape fill technique [Charting Tip]

This is a quick, fun and elegant way to make impressive charts. You can easily create info-graphic style charts in Excel using shape fill technique. Something like this:

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How to predict cricket scores [Excel + Machine Learning]

Published on Jul 2, 2019 in Analytics, Charts and Graphs, Learn Excel
How to predict cricket scores [Excel + Machine Learning]

Can we predict cricket match score in Excel? Using machine learning, ensemble modeling, multiple regression and Excel formulas we can. This tutorial explains how.

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Should finance people learn Power BI?

Published on Jun 14, 2019 in Financial Modeling, Power BI
Should finance people learn Power BI?

I recently went to Sydney to conduct some training programs on Advanced Excel and Power BI. While I was there, I met my good friend Danielle, who runs Plum Solutions, a financial modeling consultancy & training company. We got talking about various things and the topic eventually turned to “finance people and Power BI”. We […]

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Combine multiple Excel files using Power Query [Full example + download]

Published on May 30, 2019 in Power Query
Combine multiple Excel files using Power Query [Full example + download]

Say you want to combine multiple Excel files, but there is a twist. Each file has few tabs (worksheets) and you want to combine like for like, ie , all Sheet1s to one dataset, all Sheet2s to another dataset…

To make matters interesting each sheet has a different format.

What now?

Of course Power Query to the rescue.

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How to trace precedents in Excel formulas? [tip+music from Prague]

Published on May 22, 2019 in Excel Howtos
How to trace precedents in Excel formulas? [tip+music from Prague]

Here is a very useful and almost secret Excel tip for you. Imagine you are looking at a big, complex workbook with lots of calculations. You want to understand where everything is pointing to and how the workbook is set up.

You can use trace precedents in Excel to do this. Read this tip to learn how it works.

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5 simple rules for making awesome column charts

Published on May 9, 2019 in Charts and Graphs
5 simple rules for making awesome column charts

For every column chart that is done right, there are a dozen that get messed up. That is why lets talk about 5 simple rules for making awesome column charts.

Tip: Same rules apply for bar charts too.

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How many calls we got outside office hours? [Excel / Power Query homework]

Published on May 3, 2019 in Excel Challenges, Power Query
How many calls we got outside office hours? [Excel / Power Query homework]

Time for another Excel formula / Power Query challenge. This is based on a common business data analysis problem. Say you have two tables – calls log and office hours. Call log tells when each call is received. Office hours tell us working hours for seven days of the week. We want to know how many calls are outside office hours.

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How to fake “Key influencers chart” in Excel?

Published on May 1, 2019 in Charts and Graphs
How to fake “Key influencers  chart” in Excel?

Recently, Microsoft Power BI introduced a very useful visualization, called key influencers visualization. As the name suggests, this is a chart of key parameters that effect a measure or outcome.

For example, you have customer satisfaction rating as a measure. Now you want to know which aspects of your data impact the ratings most? You can create the key influencer visual and Power BI finds all the top ranking influencers (using rules and machine learning).

But can we make it in Excel?

Let’s see…

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How to sort left to right in Excel (quick tip)

Published on Apr 26, 2019 in Learn Excel
How to sort left to right in Excel (quick tip)

Imagine you are in a life sustaining planet named Pearth, in another galaxy. One day you got to work, fired up Excel (hey, what else would you use? Excel is the best data software in any galaxy 🙂 ) and started working.

You came across a dataset that need sorting, but left to right – horizontally.

Now what? Do you turn your monitor sideways?

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There is an Easter Egg in this Power BI report

Published on Apr 18, 2019 in Excel Challenges, Power BI
There is an Easter Egg in this Power BI report

Its Easter time. At Chandoo.org, I have tradition of publishing Easter Egg hunts since 2009. This is the first time our Easter egg hunt is on Power BI. Changing times, eh?

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VLOOKUP multiple matches – trick

Published on Apr 16, 2019 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
VLOOKUP multiple matches – trick

We all know that VLOOKUP can find first match and return the results. But what if you want all the matches? Use this simple trick instead.

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