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The Excel PivotTables Guide

Become an expert in Excel's most fundamental data analysis tool

With this course, you’ll quickly and efficiently learn how to set up and analyse databases. Once you’re able to analyse data at a deeper level, you will then be able to produce sustainable decision-making data and relevant key figures from databases more quickly.

  • Complete the course at your own pace
  • Repeat as much as you want
  • Practical exercises and quizzes
  • Personal and digitally shareable diploma
  • Save lessons as favorites
  • The course takes about 4 hours to complete
  • Access to the course material for 12 months
  • Unlock the potential of your data by learning pivot tables
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Some of the things you will learn in this course:

PivotTable basics

In this course, you’ll start by quickly and efficiently learning the basics of PivotTables, including how the database is structured, how it is updated, and why you should always create a table of the database before you make a PivotTable.

Analyse all types of data

This course helps you analyze all kinds of data, whether it’s revenue over time, costs broken down by department, analysing responses in a survey, etc.

Group data

Many databases contain a column made up of dates or times. This means that in your PivotTable you may need to analyse data and key figures by year, quarter, month, week, or day. PivotTables allow you to efficiently group based on dates, something you’ll learn in this course.

PivotCharts and slicers

It can sometimes be easier to analyse data by seeing it, for example, in the form of a bar or pie chart. It’s an effective way to visually present data after you’ve finished an analysis for a colleague or manager. The combination of charts and slicers can be magical and lifts your PivotTables to new heights.

A lesson from the course

In this lesson from The Excel PivotTables Guide, you will learn how pivot table slicers work. This is one of four lessons from the “Slicers” chapter. If you have previously come across report filters, a slicer can be compared to it, but slicers have the advantage of being easier to use. Slicers give us buttons that work just like filters, which makes them very smooth.

The Excel PivotTables Guide is one of Learnesy’s in-depth Excel courses. Pivot tables are used to summarize, analyze, explore and present data. What is the difference between pivot tables and regular tables in Excel? A normal table in Excel is a representation of the facts and figures you have entered. A pivot table, on the other hand, summarizes data that includes different types of aggregation such as mean and sum. Another advantage is the pivot table’s filters that help you easily analyze your data.

Course Content

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What is a Pivot Table
How to Create a Pivot Table
Updating the Pivot Table
Viewing the Underlying Data
Important Terms
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Using a Table for the Pivot Table
Add Fields to the Pivot Table
Arranging the Pivot Table Fields
Access the Field Settings
Format Numbers in the Pivot Table
Change Calculations for Numeric Fields
Manage Totals
Manage Subtotals
Renaming Fields
Add a Field Multiple Times
Pivot Table Layouts
Create a Pivot Table with multiple sources
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Group Data Manually
Group by Value
Group by Date
Hide and Unhide Pivot Table Groups
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Sorting the Pivot Table Alphabetically
Sorting Manually
Sorting by Values
Sorting with a Customised List
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Using Slicers in the Pivot Table
Slicer Options
Slicer Format
One Slicer for Multiple Pivot Tables
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Adding a Calculated Field
Modifying the Calculated Field
Adding a Calculated Item
Modifying Calculated Items
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Apply a Pivot Table Format
Custom Pivot Table Formats
Copy the Format to Another Workbook
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Create a Pivot Chart
Change the Chart Type
Pivot Chart Options
Filter the Pivot Chart
Create Additional Pivot Charts
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Independent Pivot Tables
Group by Weekday
Copy a Pivot Table
Group by Age Range

More about the course

In this online course, you will learn how to create a pivot table, sort, group, manage sums, and perform calculations in a pivot table. With the help of pivot tables, you will learn to quickly summarize large amounts of data. Use pivot tables to analyze data in detail, and get answers to unexpected questions about your data. After completing the course, you will be able to analyze data at a deeper level. To benefit from the course, you need to have basic knowledge of Excel and an understanding of how tables work.

  • Approximately 50 lessons divided into 10 chapters.
  • Total video time: 2 hours.
  • Estimated time to take the course including quizzes: 4 hours.
  • Average duration per lesson: 2.5 minutes.
  • Personal shareable certificate after completing the course.


Who should enroll this course?

This course is for those who have previously taken the course Excel Essentials or who have basic Excel skills, as this is one of Learnesy’s intermediate courses in Excel.

Is there exercises in this course?

This course includes many and short exercises. If you want to follow along with the lessons, you can do so by downloading the files that are attached to each lesson.

All chapters end with a quiz. With some questions there’s a downloadable resource which is needed to solve said exercise. 


Yes, if you have previously taken the Excel Essentials course, this course will give you a much deeper understanding and practical knowledge of Excel PivotTables.


Yes. This comprehensive course contains lots of useful features and tips. However, this course requires some prior knowledge in Excel. If you feel that you need to repeat the Excel basics instead, you can take our course Excel Essentials.


This course takes about 4 hours to complete. To pass the course and receive your diploma, you must complete all the lessons and quizzes that make up each chapter. If, on the other hand, you want to download the lesson materials and follow along practically in each lesson yourself, this course will take a little longer.


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Meet your teachers


Course creator, Learnesy

Emil is an important part of our team of course creators. He has been creating courses on Learnesy since 2017 and has previous multi-year education in computer science. Many of the popular courses that can be found in Learnesy’s course range have been developed by Emil and he has a broad competence in Excel, data analysis and programming.

Learnesy Niklas


Course creator, Learnesy

Niklas creates new courses and manages existing courses on the Learnesy platform. He has studied statistics and has a background in programming and data visualization. In addition to good knowledge of Excel, he has a burning interest in data analysis, and possesses good knowledge of the subject and tools for the field.

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