Excel - General Question on Pivot Table - Expert Solution

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Tell me details about Pivot tables. Specially where it is used?
Solved by C. Q. in 26 mins
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Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:38
Hi
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:38
Welcome to Gotitpro
User 13/03/2018 - 01:38
Hi
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:38
I understand your question you would like to understand pivot table
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:39
Is it my understanding correct?
User 13/03/2018 - 01:39
Yes
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:39
do you have any excel file or large set of data?
User 13/03/2018 - 01:40
I am just learning....
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:40
ok super.
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:41
let me try to open one workbook
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:42
Are you able to see the screen?
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:42
excel sheet?
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:42
?
User 13/03/2018 - 01:42
Yes
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:43
here If you look at I have student Name, Subject and Marks for each subject
User 13/03/2018 - 01:43
This is a simple excel sheet with few data
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:43
There are 5 Students and 5 different Subjects.
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:43
yes. To understand pivot I am just going to give simple information.
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:43
what will you try to calculate with this data?
User 13/03/2018 - 01:44
May be grade?
User 13/03/2018 - 01:44
Or something else
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:44
ok then
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:44
Before calculating the Grade we will try to calculate total Marks for each student
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:45
Sum of Marks, count of Subjects , Max Marks and Minimum Marks etc.,
User 13/03/2018 - 01:45
Ok
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:45
is it correct?
User 13/03/2018 - 01:45
Sure
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:46
Any rawdata if you would like to convert into meaningful information mostly we will calculate all these Sum, Count, Max,min and Standard deviation
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:46
it will be very difficult if you calculate manually because you need to filter each student and calculate the sum
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:46
If you want do easily use pivot tables
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:47
you got it why we are using Pivot tables?
User 13/03/2018 - 01:47
Sure. But how I will use it. Please tell me a little more
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:47
any raw data to convert into meaningful information
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:47
yes. yes. this is concept.
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:47
Now I will explain how to create
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:47
see my scrreen
User 13/03/2018 - 01:47
Ok
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:48
Are you using excel or google sheets
User 13/03/2018 - 01:48
Yes
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:48
Are you using Microsoft Excel or Google sheets?
User 13/03/2018 - 01:49
Yes
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:49
are you using both?
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:49
once you create pivot tables there are four fields will be displayed
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:50
Rows , Columns , Filter and values
User 13/03/2018 - 01:50
I use Google Spread sheets or MS Excel as per need but now I am following your screen only
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:50
Rows - I just selected Student Name.
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:50
Now you can see student name displayed in row wise
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:50
correct?
User 13/03/2018 - 01:50
Yes
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:51
If i select in column you can see student name in column wise
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:51
these two fields just design the table
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:51
but most important field is values tab.
User 13/03/2018 - 01:52
5 minutes remaining. Please work on sheet
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:52
Are you able to see in the fraction of second I got student wise Total Marks.
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:52
Now you can see I have student & Subject wise total Score
User 13/03/2018 - 01:53
Where? Nothing additional here?
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:54
see my pivot table 2
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:54
here student wise Average Marks
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:54
total marks
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:54
and Max marks.
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:54
Row & Column field just to design the table
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:55
and values field used to calculate the Total,Average and Max
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:55
is it fine?
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:55
Student a - Total marks 2271 and Average mark is 56 and Max marks he scored 98
User 13/03/2018 - 01:56
Not clearly understandable?
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:56
ok. I will go slowly
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:56
let me create new pivot table
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:56
Please stop once you have doubt
User 13/03/2018 - 01:56
You are working on same column without heading then how I will understand?
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:56
I am selecting entrie data
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:56
??
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:57
ok leave it.. Are you able to see sheet1
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:57
I have selected the Entire Data
User 13/03/2018 - 01:57
Still Untitled
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:57
what is unttitled
User 13/03/2018 - 01:58
No new sheet yet
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:58
why you are refering sheet name
User 13/03/2018 - 01:58
You have said to see sheet1. so
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:58
is it fine now
User 13/03/2018 - 01:58
Yes
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:58
That is work book
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:58
sheet name you have to refer the bottom
User 13/03/2018 - 01:59
Thanks
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:59
ok. I will select the Entire Data first
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 01:59
goto Data Menu select pivot tables
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 02:00
I have created pivot table
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 02:00
is it fine?
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 02:00
are you there?
User 13/03/2018 - 02:00
Yes. I will learn more from another source
User 13/03/2018 - 02:00
Another question please
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 02:01
yes please
User 13/03/2018 - 02:01
I am learning Excel to be Expert and working here in this platform
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 02:01
oh ok
User 13/03/2018 - 02:01
My Question is how they pay you? I have found the link from Upwork.
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 02:02
Sorry. Here you can't discuss that.
User 13/03/2018 - 02:02
I am also working as a freelancer
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 02:02
I am very sorry. Go and refer home page.
User 13/03/2018 - 02:02
Just tell me, they pay you or not?
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 02:02
Shall I change the status to Done?
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 02:03
they will pay.
User 13/03/2018 - 02:03
Sure, Thanks for your help
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 02:03
your welcome :)
Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 02:03
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User 13/03/2018 - 02:03
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User 13/03/2018 - 02:03
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Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 02:03
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Excelchat Expert 13/03/2018 - 02:03
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