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Find Pivot Table Source Data + more Excel tips
Excel Weekly News from Contextures March 24, 2015
Find and fix the source data for a pivot table, when you run into problems. See how it works, and find many more tips, in this week's Excel news.
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- Fix Pivot Table Source Data
- More Excel Tips
- Excel Announcements
- Video: Enter Dates and Times
- Weekly Photo: Start the Garden
- Featured Excel Product
After you create a pivot table, you might add or change records in the source data. Sometimes the pivot table does not update correctly, to show the new data. Or, you might not even be able to find the source data, in a large workbook.
To help with these problems, I've added a new page on my Contextures site, with tips for finding and fixing the source data for a pivot table.
Read the details on my website, and watch the video, to see how it works: Find and Fix Pivot Table Source Data
Here are a few of the Excel articles that I read recently, that you might find useful:
- Sumit Bansal shows how to calculate shared expenses, which will help if you're sharing an apartment, or for other situations where you have to split the costs. You can download his template, and enter your own information.
- Jon Peltier explains how you can remove some or all of the Recent Colors from an Excel file. You don't need to use a macro, but you'll have to roll up your sleeves, and dig into the file's styles.xml document.
- If you play chess, you might find this article interesting -- Devin Camenares uses Excel to find which chess piece movements or placements are featured more often in wins versus losses. He uses a heat map to illustrate the usage.
- Chris Webb summarizes the latest news and updates for Power BI and Excel 2016 BI. This is a great way to catch up, if you've missed any of the announcements.
- Microsoft has announced the release of its Office 2016 IT Pro and Developer Preview for the Windows desktop, for commercial Office 365 customers.
- Chandoo shares his favourite keyboard shortcuts for Excel formatting. Do you use any of them, or do you use the mouse for formatting?
- Finally, for a humorous peek at what other people are saying about spreadsheets, read the latest collection of Excel tweets, on my Excel Theatre blog.
Here are some upcoming events, courses, recently published books, and other new items, related to Excel:
- Canada: Ken Puls, from ExcelGuru.ca, is running his Master Your Excel Data course in Victoria, BC (May 11th) and Kamloops, BC (May 15th). You'll need to have the Power Query add-in downloaded and installed on your computer.
- Amsterdam Excel Summit: Mark your calendar for April 13-15, so you can attend this amazing Excel event. Last year's summit was an outstanding success, and registration is now open, for this year's event.
On a worksheet, you can enter dates and times that will update automatically, when the file opens. Those are helpful if you always want the current date, or date and time, to print. If you want the date/time to remain locked, you can use keyboard shortcuts to quickly enter them.
Click here to watch the short video that shows the date and time data entry tips: Enter Dates and Times
Now that spring has officially arrived, it's time to start the garden. It's still too cold to plant outdoors, but we bought some seeds, and little peat pots, and got started indoors. We planted tomatoes, lettuce, basil and parsley, and it will be fun to watch them grow.
Last Thursday, I got an email from Chris W., who has been through the 3 courses at Excel University -- an online Excel training course designed specifically for accountants. Chris was very impressed with the content, and the customer service, and said that I could share his comments:
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