Excel Bad Habit #7: Using Formulas When Pivot Tables Are a Better Option
Let's say your boss gives you a big table of data and asks you to create a summary report of the revenue per region.
You might be tempted to create a list of unique values, write a complex SUMIF formula, and then format the results into a legible report.
Instead, you should use pivot tables! They're fast and easy.
How do you create a pivot table?
Start by selecting any cell in the data range and go to the Insert tab. Click on the Pivot Table button.
Double-check that the range is correct. Then press OK.
Drag the Region field into the Rows area and the Revenue field into the Values area.
That's it! With just a few mouse clicks, you've created the entire report requested by your boss.
Pivot tables don't require you to write any formulas, and they do all of the formatting work for you. You can also use them to create interactive reports, charts, and dashboards.
For a more in-depth look at pivot tables, check out this tutorial:
Be sure to leave questions or feedback in the comments section below. I hope this quick example of pivot tables helps you create summary reports that your boss will appreciate!