Chapter 14: Using Pivot Tables

In This Chapter

Using pivot tables as your data model

Creating and modifying a pivot table

Customizing pivot table fields, formats, and functions

Filtering data using Pivot Table views

In Chapter 11, we discuss using a data model as the foundation for your dashboards and reports. This data model helps you to organize your information into three logical layers: data, analysis, and presentation. As you discover in this chapter, pivot tables lend themselves nicely to this data model concept. With pivot tables, you can build data models that are easy to set up and that can then be updated with a simple press of a button. So you can spend less time maintaining your dashboards and reports and more time doing other things. No utility in Excel enables you to achieve a more efficient data model than a pivot table.

Introducing the Pivot Table

A pivot table is a tool that allows you to create an interactive view of your source data (commonly referred to as a pivot table report). A pivot table can help transform endless rows and columns of numbers into a meaningful presentation of data. You can easily create groupings of summary items — for example, combine Northern Region totals with Western Region totals, filter that data using a variety of views, and insert special formulas that perform new calculations.

Pivot tables get their namesake from your ability to interactively drag and drop fields within the pivot table to dynamically change (or pivot) ...

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