High Impact Excel: Answers to Three Pivot Table Questions

On January 30, I led a free, one-hour webinar, High Impact Excel: Pivot Table Edition. If you missed the presentation, it’s too late to get CPE credit, but you can watch an on-demand recording. After the webinar, I held a one-hour Q&A session during which attendees asked me questions about the presentation and Excel. In this article, I’ll share three of the best questions asked by the audience.

1. Lyle, president of an accounting firm, asked: “Rather than using a text file as my raw data, could I connect to a SQL database table or tables instead?”

During the presentation, I showed how to convert a rather ugly text file into an analysis-ready format. The answer to Lyle’s question was a resounding "yes," as shown in Figure 1.

 

Figure 1: Excel pivot tables can be based on connections to an SQL server and other data sources.

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