Chapter 5

Advanced Techniques for Analyzing Data


Bullet Using conditional formats to call attention to data

Bullet Sorting and filtering information in a worksheet list

Bullet Performing what-if analyses with data tables

Bullet Examining data with a PivotTable

This chapter offers a handful of tricks for analyzing the data that you so carefully and lovingly enter in a worksheet. Delve into this chapter to find out what sparklines are and how to manage, sort, and filter data in lists. You also discover how conditional formats can help data stand out, how the Goal Seek command can help you target values in different kinds of analyses, and how you can map out different scenarios with data by using one- and two-input data tables. Finally, this chapter explains how a PivotTable can help turn an indiscriminate list into a meaningful source of information.

Seeing What the Sparklines Say

Maybe the easiest way to analyze information in a worksheet is to see what the sparklines say. Figure 5-1 shows examples of sparklines. In the form of a tiny line or bar chart, sparklines tell you about the data in ...

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