Course DescriptionIn this hands on course we are going to look at the most important Excel features that will turn you into a quick and efficient data master in Excel.
Most users missed the implementation of the Excel Tables feature that happened in Excel 2007. It stealthily slid its way into the product with very little fanfare, yet it is one of the most important architectural features that you can implement to enforce data integrity in your solutions. It’s with that feature we’ll start, showing you how and why this little feature should form the foundation of every solution you build.
Next, we’ll look at how we can quickly summarize data sets ranging from 10 to 10,000 (or more) rows with only a few clicks. Another overlooked and underused feature, PivotTables are SUPER easy to use once you get through a couple of very basic lessons. We’ll show you those and more, as well as how to avoid the most common PivotTable issues that affect users.
“Great!” you’re thinking, “But my data is a mess. Can I really use these tools?”
Maybe you’re thinking about that text file you have to import … the one with repeating headers and garbage rows that you have to pull in through Excel text import wizard. The one you have to then land in the worksheet and do further cleanup. The one you get the pleasure of re-doing every month. What if we told you we would teach you to do it once and you’d only need to click “refresh” to do it next month? How much time would that save you?
Maybe you’re thinking about the 20 text files that you have to manually open and copy and paste together to use in your solution. What if we told you we would teach you to do this with only a few clicks? What if that also came with the built in ability to just click “refresh” to update it next month?
What if we told you we could “unpivot” a data set with ease? How about merge two tables together with no VLOOKUP formulas required? Pull data from your emails and land it in a nice Excel table that you could just refresh? Retrieve data from the web and refresh it at will?
We can do it all and more using Power Query – a free add-in released by the Microsoft Excel team – which works with Excel 2010 and Excel 2013 Professional Plus. It’s free, it’s powerful and best of all its incredibly easy to use!
If you work with data – clean, dirty or somewhere in between – you need to come and take this course. It will increase your efficiency, your effectiveness and pay you back in spades. It will change the way you work with data forever.
Target AudienceThis course is intended for users who have to import and clean up data in Excel.
Course RequirementsThis is a hands on course. All attendees are required to bring a laptop with one of the following versions of Excel installed:
- Excel 2010 Professional
- Excel 2013 ProPlus
- Excel 2013 Professional Plus
- Excel 2013 Standalone
- Excel 2016 (any version)
In addition, you will also need to have the Power Query add-in downloaded and installed on your device. You can download this software here. If you require a more detailed guide to configure Power Query, please click this link.
Course at a Glance
- Excel Tables
- Creating Excel tables
- Using Excel tables
- Creating PivotTables
- Modifying PivotTables
- Modifying PivotTable data sources
- PivotTable best practices
- Power Query
- Importing and refreshing single files
- Importing all files in a folder at once
- Appending tables
- Merging tables (with no VLOOKUPS)
- Un-pivoting data
- Query organization and best practices
- A full day of hands on, in class instruction (9:00AM - 4:30 PM)
- Coffee breaks
- A certificate of attendance (for claiming Professional Development credits)
- Example files based on real world issues (including completed versions for later review)
- A one hour video that demonstrates the majority of the Power Query concepts taught during the course, and
- A copy of our Magic of PivotTables video course
Registration DetailsThis course is currently being offered on the following dates/locations:
Don’t see a date/location that works for you? Request the course be run in your area. If we can make it work, we will!