PowerPivot Alchemy: Patterns and Techniques for Excel by Bill Jelen, Rob Collie

By Bill Jelen, Rob Collie

Publish 12 months note: First released October 1st 2013

PowerPivot is an grand new add-in for Excel 2013 that permits company intelligence professionals to procedure huge quantities facts.

Although it's easy to take advantage of in a demo setting, analysts are inclined to run into real-life eventualities which are tough to unravel.

This advisor, devoted exclusively to the PowerPivot instrument, presents thoughts and suggestions to real-world difficulties, together with exhibiting the head N buyers through the use of slicer filters, evaluating finances to actuals, drilling throughout info rather than via information, and becoming a member of facts from diversified resources in one research.

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If you aren’t sensitive to this need, sometimes even the greatest analytical work goes unnoticed. ” As your work becomes more important and makes its way further up the leadership hierarchy of your organization, it becomes more and more critical to get into this habit. One common consumer need is sorting. ” Well, because you’re an Excel pro, you know about this little drop-down, don’t you? 35 This drop-down scares most average users. Really, it does. The only people who don’t find it scary are Excel nerds like us.

For more information, see the next trick in this chapter. 24 40 Power Pivot Alchemy Note Removing the header also removes the “clear filters” button. Trade-offs. Use this option carefully, as it may not always be clear to the report consumer what is going on. Using Macros to Change Slicer Fonts You just saw how to use Wingdings and other symbolic fonts on slicers for an interesting effect. But there’s a lot of manual work—eight repetitive steps—involved with changing slicer style settings in order to accomplish that.

Pro/PORTABLEFX2), sets are portable, too! 31 In this new Pivot, merely selecting Set1 gives you an identical-rows layout. Named Sets Don’t Work with “Traditional” Pivots You may be wondering why you’ve never seen this feature of Excel before. There’s a simple answer: It works only with Power Pivot and data model Pivots (as well as another flavor of Pivot, the OLAP Pivot, but that’s much less common). 32 Chapter 2: Slicers: The Gateway to Interactivity The intro to this chapter is longer than the others and offers a glimpse into the “behind the scenes at Microsoft” history of slicers, in two parts.

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