Pivot tables often store data in the cache, and some of that data is also that about slicer elements. Slicers take values from the source table. If we add some of them and then delete them, it may happen that the slicers show phantom values. They are shown in pale color, as if there is no data. And indeed, if we pick such a value, we will get an empty pivot table report. How can slicer elements always be up to date?
Many years ago I worked for ECOFINANCE company where, at my time, I wrote an Excel invoicing application. It seems to me that it was quite easy to use. Partly because it was enough to enter part of the name of the code or product to find the desired item. The seller would then only select the quantity and packaging and could quickly continue to enter items until the document is completed. Today this can be achieved much easier, without any VBA programming …
In your day-to-day work, many of you copy data from a company’s business information system or some spreadsheet where they are exported to create the necessary reports. The problem arises when the data changes. How to trace where the change occurred? What is the difference between a source and a derived table? In the text that follows, you will see how to use the INDEX and MATCH functions, as well as the conditional formatting technique, to highlight the differences between the tables.
If you are, as the author of this blog, in “serious” years, then you probably sometimes need close-up glasses because you can’t read those small letters on the product declarations. The same thing can happen with documents on the screen. Fortunately, all MS Office applications have a zoom option. In the text that follows, you will learn how to use it, and you will be able to see a few more nifty tricks for dealing with “small letters”.
In practice, it is sometimes necessary to compare the contents of two spreadsheets. With the exception of specialized Excel plugins that can be used for this purpose, the best way to achieve this is with the help of a formula in which we use the IF function or by using conditional formatting. In the text that follows, you will see how to compare the two tables, which are in two spreadsheets, and contain randomly generated numbers.