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The jargon associated with Microsoft Excel’s pivot tables (“n-dimensional cross tabulations”) makes them look complex, but they’re really no more than an easy way to build concise, flexible summaries of long lists of raw values. If you’re working with hundreds (or hundreds of thousands) of rows, then pivot tables are the best way to look at the same information in different ways, summarize data on the fly, and spot trends and relationships. This handy guide teaches you how to use Excel’s most powerful feature to crunch large amounts of data, without having to write new formulas, copy and paste cells, or reorganize rows and columns. You can download the sample workbook to follow along with the author’s examples.
1. Pivot Table Basics
2. Nesting Fields
3. Grouping Items
4. Calculations and Custom Formulas
5. Filtering Data
6. Tricks with Pivot Tables
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