#### Overview of this book

Excel is a popular program. Millions of people throughout the world use it on a regular basis. But it’s a safe bet that the vast majority of users have yet to discover some of the amazing things this product can do. 101 Excel 2013 Tips, Tricks, & Timesavers?is packed with information that you need to know in order to confidently and seamlessly master the challenges that come with using Excel! Excel 2013 is excellent, but there's lots to learn to truly excel at Excel! In this latest addition to his popular Mr. Spreadsheet's Bookshelf series, John Walkenbach, aka "Mr. Spreadsheet," shares new and exciting ways to accomplish and master all of your spreadsheet tasks. From taming the Ribbon bar to testing and tables, creating custom functions, and overcoming "impossible" charts, mixing nesting limits, and more,?101 Excel 2013 Tips, Tricks, & Timesavers?will save you time and help you avoid common spreadsheet stumbling blocks.
Table of Contents (10 chapters)

Tip 78: Using a Pivot Table Instead of Formulas

The Excel PivotTable feature is incredibly powerful, and you can often create pivot tables in lieu of creating formulas. This tip describes a specific problem and provides three different solutions.

Figure 78-1 shows a range of data that contains student test scores. The goal is to calculate the average score for all students plus the average score for each gender.

Figure 78-1: What’s the best way to calculate the average test score for males versus females?

Inserting subtotals

The first solution involves automatically inserting subtotals. To use this method, the data must be sorted by the column that will trigger the subtotaling. In this case, you need to sort by the Gender column. Follow these steps:

1. Select any cell in column C.

2. Right-click and choose Sort⇒Sort A to Z from the shortcut menu.

3. Choose Data⇒Outline⇒Subtotal.

The Subtotal dialog box appears.

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