### How to Use Slicers in Excel 2010 and 2013

Excel’s Slicer Filter was added in Excel 2010 and enhanced in Excel 2013. This useful feature is excellent for viewing and comparing varied combinations of your data with a simple click. Something like a cross between a button and a filter, Slicers have become a prized tool for analyzing large data sets in dashboards and…

### Introducing Excel’s COUNTIF Function

Much of spreadsheet data is a collection of individual transactions or instances that don’t begin to offer meaning until they are organized and summarized in useful ways. Enter Excel’s handy COUNTIF function. When categories of data are mixed together, or if you wish to understand your data based on certain criteria, COUNTIF can help you…

### How to Show Percentage of Total in an Excel PivotTable

Once you learn how to create an Excel PivotTable, you’ll discover that organizing your information is only the first step in getting the most out of this useful feature. PivotTables then give you the ability to further manipulate the organized information. Value Field Settings let you perform different types of summarizations. Calculated Fields and Calculated…

### Excel Sort Formulas – How to Sort Dynamic Data

Excel includes powerful sort functionality in the Sort & Filter group on the Data tab. But what if your data changes frequently, or if you’re simply tired of clicking through the Ribbon each time you generate a similar table? The answer might be to create a formula that does your sorting work for you. As…

### Excel’s INDEX formula – the Basics

About Excel’s INDEX Function Sometimes useful functions like VLOOKUP just don’t apply when the information you need is more about where in your table the information is than what the information is. The INDEX function returns the value of an element that is specified by position (row and column) in an array or table. You…

### How to Create an Excel Funnel Chart

If you work in sales, marketing or any department that uses/receives reports from Business Intelligence software, you’re probably familiar with the Sales Funnel Chart. If you are looking to create a funnel chart of your own, you might find that it’s a bit of a trick. Excel gives you the tools to create the iconic…

### Create Outstanding Pie Charts in Excel

Once you have gone to the effort of collecting, organizing and processing your data, you probably want to show it off! Tables do a nice job of presenting raw information, but a chart can bring your data to life. Charts create visual impact that conveys not only the data itself, but its relationships and meaning.

### Create a PivotTable Calculated Item in Excel

Excel’s PivotTable feature allows you to organize information in such a way that you can answer many questions about your data that would otherwise require lots of formulas, functions and “IF” statements. To get even more answers out of your data, PivotTables offer Calculated Fields and Calculated Items.

### How to Find & Eliminate (or Use!) Duplicates in Excel Data

It’s a common scenario: Data is combined from multiple sources, records are entered by multiple users or you simply have multiple transactions with the same information. The end result is that you need to find and manipulate duplicates. Excel gives you several ways to do this, depending on your data and what results you are…

### Grouping Excel PivotTable Data by Month

PivotTables have some useful “hidden” features that can make interpreting your data even easier. One such feature allows you to view data by date groupings (such as month, quarter, even week and hour of day). By grouping within the PivotTable itself, you avoid constantly changing your source data and creating multiple PivotTables from the same…