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Pivot Tables Rolled Out in Google Spreadsheets

Google launching pivot tables in Google spreadsheets, which will be rolled out to all Rapid Release users over the next 24 hours. Pivot tables make it easy to process and summarize large data sets in seconds.

“With pivot tables, you can quickly narrow down large data sets to get high level insights. Say you run a retail chain and you’ve thousands of rows of sales data broken down by purchase. It could be helpful for you and your sales manager to view the total annual revenue for each region without having to enter multiple formulas. In a matter of seconds, you can create a pivot table and summarize all of your data according to the factors you specify, all while collaborating with your sales manager on the spreadsheet,” Google explained.

“To create a pivot table, select your data and go to Data > Pivot Table Report. In the pivot table report editor, you can add fields to set your rows, columns, and values and can drag and drop the fields around within the editor.

Fields in the Values section can be summarized using built-in formulas to sum, count, or otherwise calculate your data.

The filter section lets you specify exactly what data you want to be included in the pivot table. For example, we can choose to only count the students in certain extracurricular activities.

With each change, the pivot table is updated in real-time for both you and any collaborators. If you prefer to make changes in batches, you can switch to manual mode. In this mode, your changes won’t be saved until you select Update table.”

Check out the video below for a look at how pivot tables work in Google spreadsheets, and to try pivot tables out for yourself use this template.

[Source: Google Docs blog]

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