Tag Archives: Power Pivot

How to create a regular Pivot Table from Power Pivot Data Model

Power Pivot Data Model adds database like features to Excel. Power Pivot allows you to handle millions of rows of data, from multiple data sources and lightening fast analysis. It also eliminates the need for using VLOOKUP function for decoding codes into descriptions.

Power Pivot does NOT provide Grouping, Calculated Columns and Calculated Fields features. These need to be managed using related tables and DAX formulas. This can be a limitation in some cases – especially when you are new to Power Pivot.

In some cases, you want best of both worlds. The database consolidation, relationships and performance of data model. But at the same time, you also want the features of Pivot Tables which you are used to for so many years.

The good news is that you can do it quite easily. Here is how (requires Excel 2010 & higher).

Create Pivot Table from Power Pivot Data Model

  1. Create the data model as required.
  2. Now go to the Excel workbook and choose Insert – Pivot Table.
  3. Please note that there is no data in the Excel sheet.
  4. Now, from the dialog, choose the checkbox Choose this workbook’s data model
  5. A regular pivot table is now created.
  6. All the expected features are now available.
  7. That’s It. Enjoy.

Create Pivot Table from Power Pivot Data Model

Knowledge Pack – Excel Tables

Excel Table seems like a trivial feature. But if used correctly, it transforms and improves the way you use Excel dramatically. Here is a set of articles (the entire knowledge pack) which explain the concept and importance of Excel tables. Many practical usage scenarios are also explained in detail.

Knowledge pack - excel tables

Excel Table video

Articles about Excel Tables

All you wanted to know about Tables. In a concise series of articles. Below is the Knowledge Pack.

  1. What are Excel Tables and Why should you use them?
  2. Converting regular data to Excel Tables
  3. Handling manual formatting while creating tables
  4. Merged Cells and Cross Tab – The Data Villains
  5. Good Data Checklist – Prerequisite to creating Excel Tables
  6. Miraculous Formula Auto-Copy with Excel Tables
  7. Excel Tables Formula Auto-copy not working
  8. Freeze “Pain”killer
  9. Automatic copying of everything!
  10. Unbelievable simplicity – Calculated Columns (Readable Formulas)
  11. Everything is in a name
  12. Auto Update Dependent Formulas and References
  13. Standard Operating Procedure for using tables across the organization

Data Analytics Webinar – Presentation Download with reference links

Presentation download with reference links

Presentation download for Data Analytics Webinar

Download the Presentation (3 MB). I have added lots of links to related articles and external references including books written by stalwarts in Excel analytics field.

Presentation was used for delivering the webinar. You can download the webinar video from here. Or view it on YouTube using this link.