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Pivot Table Data Crunching: Microsoft Excel 2010 (MrExcel Library) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 002-9236743130
ISBN-10: 0789743132
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PivotTables may be Excel's most powerful feature, but Microsoft has estimated that only 15% of Excel users take advantage of them. That's because PivotTables (and their companion feature, PivotCharts) have a reputation for being difficult to learn. Not any more! In this book, Excel legends Bill Jelen ("MrExcel") and Michael Alexander teach PivotTables and PivotCharts step-by-step, using realistic business scenarios that any Excel user can intuitively understand. Jelen and Alexander go far beyond merely explaining PivotTables and PivotCharts: they present practical "recipes" for solving a wide range of business problems. Drawing on more than 30 combined years of Excel experience, they provide tips and tricks you won't find anywhere else, and show exactly how to sidestep common mistakes. Coverage includes: " Creating PivotTables, customizing them, and changing the way you view them " Performing calculations within PivotTables " Using PivotCharts and other visualizations " Analyzing multiple data sources with PivotTables " Sharing PivotTables with others " Working with and analyzing OLAP data " Making the most of Excel 2010's powerful new PowerPivot feature " Using Excel 2010's Slicer to dynamically filter PivotTables " Enhancing PivotTables with macros and VBA code This book is part of the new MrExcel Library series, edited by Bill Jelen, world-renowned Excel expert and host of the enormously popular Excel help site, MrExcel.com.
  • Teaches PivotTables, PivotCharts, and Excel 2010's new PowerPivot feature through real-world scenarios that make intuitive sense to users at all levels
  • Includes proven PivotTable recipes for instant on-the-job results
  • Helps Excel users avoid common pitfalls and mistakes
  • Part of the brand-new MrExcel Library series, edited by Excel legend Bill Jelen
  • 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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    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: 6.9 x 0.9 x 9 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
    • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Mildly revised version of previous editions. Insignificant improvement from Bill Jelen's similar publication relating to Pivot Tables in Excel 2007.
    Author's handling of the subject is clear, highly, informative, well organized. With some professional quality editing this could become an EXCELLENT book. Even in it present form, it is very useful and recommended for anyone wanting to become proficient at using pivot tables and making mince meat of inordinately large data sets.
    Bill Jelen's book will serve an excellent map into the world of Pivot Tables.
    Those unfamiliar with Pivot Tables will find this book an efficient and effective teaching tool to gain significant proficiency very quickly.
    Become proficient with Pivot Tables and soon you will wonder how did you ever got along without them.
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    Let me start off by saying that I love working with pivot tables. I am not an expert by any means but I have been working with them periodically for the last 8 years (thanks Brett for my first intro to Pivot Tables). I would consider myself an intermediate user better than most but not at the next level. I have not read the book cover to cover but have found it a very handy resource when I have had a question. Organization is good and I have had all questions answered when I have had to go to it and that makes this a very good reference that I am comfortable to recommend.
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