In Microsoft Excel, some of the new features are sparklines and slicers, and improvements to PivotTables and other existing features, can help us to discover patterns or trends in the data. To get started with the features of Excel, first we will look at the details of the Sparklines and slicers features of Excel.
Sparklines are tiny charts that is used to fit in a cell to visually summarize trends beside the data.
Since sparklines show trends occupies less space, they are exclusively useful for dashboards and other places where we need to show a glimpse of the business in an simple practical visual format.
In the image to the left, the sparklines that appear in the Trend column lets us have a quick look of the performance of each department in the month of May.
Slicers are visual controls. They let us quickly refine data in a PivotTable in an interactive, automatic manner. If we insert a slicer, we can use buttons to quickly segment and refine the data to display appropriate results.
Not only that, when we apply more than one filter to the PivotTable, we no longer have to open a list to see which filters are enforced to the data. Rather, it is displayed on the screen in the slicer.
We can make slicers relate to the workbook formatting and easily reuse them in other PivotTables & PivotCharts.
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