Spreadsheet Skyscrapers vs. Spreadsheet Sprawl (Completed)

Date: Thursday, June 23, 2022
Instructor: David H. Ringstrom
Begin Time:  12:00pm Pacific Time
1:00pm Mountain Time
2:00pm Central Time
3:00pm Eastern Time
CPE Credit:  2 hours for CPAs

In this presentation Excel expert David H. Ringstrom, CPA shows you how to overcome spreadsheet sprawl by orienting your data into skyscrapers instead. Invariably spreadsheet users tend to orient data going across columns, but doing so in-adverntly hijacks your experience in Excel and makes it harder to analyze data. You'll see how to reorient existing spreadsheet, such as by using the Unpivot feature in Power Query to reorganize your data vertically versus horizontally, which then unlocks a host of Excel features you can use to work more effectively.

David demonstrates every technique at least twice: first, on a PowerPoint slide with numbered steps, and second, in the subscription-based Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) version of Excel. David draws your attention to any differences in the older versions of Excel (2021, 2019, 2016 and earlier) during the presentation as well as in his detailed handouts. David also provides an Excel workbook that includes most of the examples he uses during the webcast.

Microsoft 365 is a subscription-based product that provides new feature updates as often as monthly. Conversely, the perpetual licensed versions of Excel have feature sets that don't change. Perpetual licensed versions have year numbers, such as Excel 2021, Excel 2019, and so on.

Who Should Attend
Professionals seeking to use Microsoft Excel more effectively.

Topics Covered

  • Adding rows to a blank pivot table to create instant reports
  • Creating a pivot table to transform lists of data into on-screen reports
  • Filtering lists based on cell color
  • Gaining control of long lists of data by filtering instead of sorting
  • Inserting totals into lists with a few mouse clicks by way of Excel's SUBTOTAL function
  • Repositioning or removing subtotals within pivot tables
  • Streamlining the filtering of lists in Excel 2013 and later by using the Slicer feature with tables
  • Understanding the limitations and frustrations of manually hiding and unhiding worksheets within a workbook

Learning Objectives

  • Identify which menu the Unpivot Columns command appears on in Power Query
  • Recognize how to recall the locations where the Filter command appears in Excel's menu interface
  • Identify the items that can be added to a PivotTable from the PivotTable field list


Instructional Method
Group: Internet-based

NASBA Field of Study
Computer Software & Applications (2 hours)

Program Prerequisites

Advance Preparation

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