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Pivot Table Data Crunching: Microsoft Excel 2010 (MrExcel Library) Paperback – October 30, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0789743138 ISBN-10: 0789743132 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: MrExcel Library
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Que Publishing; 1 edition (October 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789743132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789743138
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bill Jelen, known worldwide as MrExcel, presents live Excel seminars to accountants throughout the U.S. His 20 books on Microsoft Excel include Special Edition Using Excel 2007, Pivot Table Data Crunching, and VBA and Macros for Microsoft Excel. Honored as a Microsoft MVP for Excel, he has produced 500 episodes of his "Learn Excel from MrExcel" video podcast. Michael Alexander, is a Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD), Senior Program Manager for a top Texas technology firm, and principal of DataPigTechnologies, a developer of Excel tutorials. He is author of several books on data analysis with Access and Excel.

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I do not recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn Pivot Tables.
Ronando
I particularly needed more information about how to use Excel pivot table to massage Cubes data ... excellent book !
Jose Guillermo Banda
I have not read the book cover to cover but have found it a very handy resource when I have had a question.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ronando on November 20, 2011
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I was ecstatic when I first got this book. Truly thankful that now I had the tome to help me master pivot tables like a pro. My happiness was short lived. I'm changing my review from a 3 star review to a 1 star. To be concise...the authors may be experts at Excel but they are horrible, absolutely horrible at making a training manual. It is not the content that is the challenge, oh no! It is the attempt at making sense out of the downloaded samples! Absolutely none, NONE of the examples in the Excel download match up with the figures or examples in the book. (ok, maybe "NONE" is an exaggeration, but not by much).

In one of the chapter downloads there can be approximately 20 separate worksheets, each intended for a different problem, figure or example in the complimentary book chapter. The problem is that they are not in order nor are they named the same in both places. It's a hunt-n-peck marathon trying to match up the figure or example in the book with the proper worksheet. I do not recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn Pivot Tables. Go get a different book that doesn't provide a labyrinth to navigate through in order to match the download samples with the book.

I will continue pushing through this quagmire simply out of spite and having paid good money for the book (sunk cost be damned!) until I either a) finally learn what I sought out to learn, b) give up and go get another book, c) rip the book to shreds (which I normally consider sacrilegious since books should be treated with reverence and respect, never laid open and face down and never dog eared) and then pour lighter fluid on it, light it with a wooden match and then proceed to curse the authors something evil and wicked until I'm out of breath.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By F. Freese on July 21, 2011
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I was very disappointed in that this books examples did not follow the book. References were changed without any idea where the author was. Incorrect Figures against the sample files. I makes learning too difficult and I would not recommend this to anyone
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Frank Provo on September 25, 2011
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Want to learn pivot tables fast? In plain English that's engaging and easy to understand? Pivot Table Data Crunching is the book for you. Bill Jelen and Michael Alexander use real world examples and step by step walkthroughs to explain every feature and trick of Excel 2010's pivot table arsenal. The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is because the downloadable files didn't always jive with the text, and because I would've liked to see more hands-on activities within each chapter.

Regarding the downloadable files, they tend to match the "after" figures in the text, and not the "before" figures. So, if you'd like to follow along with the steps in the book, you often need to undo a bunch of organization and calculation steps. Chapter 3 is a good example: the tables where you are guided through modifying the table style already have a custom theme applied. For future volumes, I'd suggest the authors prepare two sets of worksheets for each chapter. One set for readers to modify and another set showing the final product.

I also would've liked twice as many case studies in the first 3 or 4 chapters. For me, practice is the best contributor to retention.

Having pointed out those two shortcomings, I feel compelled to restate how absurdly wonderful the written explanations in the book are. I've been using a "New Perspectives" textbook for the past year to learn Excel. It's brief pivot table chapter left me confused. After diving into Pivot Table Data Crunching this past weekend, I now feel confident that I have a handle on the topic and can translate that knowledge into real-world time savings at work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anne Lecloux on September 9, 2013
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Very useful for beginners in Pivot Table as for experts. A good basic knowledge of Excel is tough required to take advantage of this book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 1, 2013
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I love this book. It's the most complete resource on PivotTables and PivotCharts I've found, and Bill Jelen is a good writer. The reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because I own the Kindle version of it. It's very frustrating to always be reading about a figure that isn't on the same page, and the figure captions sometimes run in with the text instead of staying with the figure. For all that, it's a great resource.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tesman2 on March 15, 2012
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The book did not expand on PIVOT as much as I would have liked when I reviewed the book. It is a good reference but I don't use it as much as I thought I would.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Excelisfun on January 22, 2014
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This THE best book about Excel 2010 PivotTables! I have all of Mr Excel's PivotTable Data Crunching Books back to Excel 2003. If you want to learn PT, this is THE book!
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