New Features in Microsoft Access

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If you’re searching for a more flexible data management system, a database might be just the salvation you’re looking for and Microsoft Access 2013 provides an excellent option. With Access 2013 you will experience new interface with different look and feel. It has got sleeker look and it has more colors to make it more modern style.

You can not only save the document which you can access anywhere but at the same time you can collaborate it with other people.

Microsoft Access 2013

Features of Access 2013

Access 2013 has changed the tabs of ribbons and made it capitalized which was not there before.

Also if you have not worked with SkyDrive before that’s something which is going to be new for you. Want to explore this?

So when you are trying to open any new or existing document you don’t only have a option of choosing it from Recent but also you can also select it from SkyDrive.

After entering your account details it enters into your SkyDrive and then you can browse your database the same way as you browse in windows explorer. Like downloading we can also upload our local database to the SkyDrive.

Access 2013 has moved towards the Cloud and can now produce Web Apps which can be accessed through a browser.

There’s a quantity of Wizard help available in constructing these, so you’re not working from the skretch up when constructing one. Navigation and different views are pre-constructed, as long as the Web App you’re after can be based on one of the database templates provided.

Here are the top features you should explore in Access 2013.

  • Using Templates in Access 2013
  • Apps in Access 2013
  • A Focus on the Web: Office 365, SharePoint 2013, and Access 2013
  • SQL Server: Behind the Scenes of Access 2013

If you would like to learn more about these new features in Microsoft Access 2013,

or would like to attend the Microsoft Access Training, do contact us at Intellisoft Systems.

Avoid Crowded Worksheets with this button

One simple way to reduce worksheet crowding is to rotate your column labels so that they read up, down, or vertically.

Add them to the Format toolbar, as follows:

  1. Choose Tools + Customize.
  2. Then Click the Commands tab.
  3. Under Categories, choose Format.
  4. Under Commands, find the Vertical Text button and drag it into place on your Formatting toolbar.
  5. Repeat Step 4 to drag the Rotate Text Up, Rotate Text Down, and, if needed Angle Text Upward and Angle Text Downward buttons to the Formatting toolbar

Now, whenever you want to angle or rotate text, just select the cell(s) and click the appropriate button. It will save you space, and make it easier to read and avoid eye strain

Sparklines Microsoft Excel

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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

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

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.

excel trainingIf you would like to learn more about these new features of Microsoft Excel 2010 or 2013, or would like to attend the Advanced Microsoft Excel Training, do contact us at Intellisoft Systems.

If you have any further questions or want to join a training on how to use Sparklines, contact Intellisoft for Corporate Training on Excel 2010 or call at +65 6296-2995

Trainer: We have certified trainers who excel in imparting their knowledge and are very patient. Master Trainer Vinai teaches Advanced Excel Techniques, Dashboard Techniques using Excel, Data Interpretation and Analysis Training courses at Intellisoft.

He has trained over 5000 students in over 18 countries, and regularly conducts Excel Workshops in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, India, Dubai, Egypt, Zimbabwe, South Africa etc.

Pivot Tables in Microsoft Excel

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In Microsoft Excel , new features are sparklines and slicers, and improvements to Pivot Tables and other existing features, can help us to discover patterns or trends in the data. In the previous post we had a look at the Sparklines and Slicers features of Excel 2010 so now we will look at the improved pivot table feature of excel.

Improved Pivot Tables

PivotTables are now easier to use and more responsive. Key improvements include:

  • Performance enhancements: In Excel, Multi-threading helps advanced  sorting, data retrieval and filtering in Pivot Tables.
  • Write-back support: In Excel, we can update values in the OLAP PivotTable Values area and then transferred to the Analysis Services cube on the OLAP server. We can use the write-back feature in what-if mode and then roll back the changes when we no longer need them, or we can save the changes. We can use the write-back feature with any OLAP provider that supports the UPDATE CUBE statement.
  • Enhanced filtering: We can use slicers to quickly het the reqiured data in a PivotTable and see which filters are applied without having to open additional menus. In addition, the filter interface includes a handy search box that can help us to find what we need among potentially thousands (or even millions) of items in the PivotTables.
  • Pivot Table labels: We can add labels in a Pivot Table and also replicate them in the Pivot Tables. This will help us to display item captions of nested fields in all rows and columns.
  • PivotChart enhancements: It has made things easy to interact with PivotChart reports. Specifically, it’s easier to get the required data directly in a PivotChart and to reorganize the layout of a PivotChart by adding and deleting fields. Similarly, we can hide all field buttons on the PivotChart report.
  • Show Values As feature: The ‘show values as’ feature includes a number of new, automatic calculations, such as % of Parent Row Total, % of Parent Column Total, % of Parent Total, % Running Total, Rank Smallest to Largest, and Rank Largest to Smallest.

excel trainingIf you would like to learn more about these new features of Microsoft Excel 2010 or 2013, or would like to attend the Microsoft Excel Training, do contact us at Intellisoft Systems.

If you have any further questions then contact us through email training@intellisoft.com.sg Systems or call at +65 62962995!!!

Trainer: Vinai teaches Advanced Excel Techniques, Dashboard Techniques using Excel, Data Interpretation and Analysis Training courses at Intellisoft. He has trained over 5000 students in over 18 countries, and regularly conducts Excel Workshops in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, India, Dubai, Egypt, Zimbabwe, South Africa etc.

How To Use Custom Sort in Microsoft Excel

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Most of the time an ascending sorting is what we need – letters and numbers listed in the ascending order a to z, 1 to 100 etc. And just in case you need to sort in the reverse order, you have the Z to A sort, also called the Sort in Descending order. Between the two, most people are quite happy.

However, there arises a time when you don’t want either the sort in Ascending order or the Descending order in Excel.

Examples where a Standard Sorting won’t work:
For example, if the departments in your organization are Finance, Marketing, Sales & Engineering. And you want the Sales department to be listed first, followed by Marketing, Engineering, and Finance being the last.

Now how would you sort the departments in this order? Ascending or descending sort is not going to work.

Do not despair however. Here is where the power of Microsoft Excel Custom sort shines.

Another scenario is the Sorting of Months – say you want to sort April, May & June, in this order. Or maybe you want to sort regions by East, West, North & South. This EWNS order also needs a custom sorting in Excel.

Or if you have a completely random order – which defies any kind of sorting. Say you want to list Oranges, then Apples, then Grapes, and finally Bananas. You can go nuts without custom sorting criteria in Excel.

Using Custom Sort in Excel 2003

First, let’s create the custom list in Excel.
Go to Tools, Options, Custom Lists.
You can key in your list and click Add. Or you can import your list from another area of the spreadsheet, where you list the options in the sorted order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you have imported the list in the correct order, you can go to Data, Sort, and then click on Options at the bottom of this popup window. Choose your custom sorted list from the list of First Key Sort Order.

Voila! Your list is now sorted in your very own custom order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alternatives to Custom Sort
Of course, if you don’t want to use Custom Sort, there are other alternatives. I have often used a Lookup Table

Fruit                Sorting
Oranges             1
Apples               2
Grapes               3
Bananas            4

I then use the inbuilt Lookup function of Excel called VLOOKUP function and pick the correct value, and then do an Ascending sort. This is a quick cheat trick.

But it would be tough if you did not know how to use the Lookup functions of Excel in the first place. More on this lookup function in another post.

Let me know if this neat trick help you. Till then…

Cheers,
Vinai

Do You Use These Advanced Features in Microsoft Excel?

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Most people hardly use the huge number of features available in Microsoft Excel. Many are just using Excel as a calculator. This is a gross under use of Excel’s vast potential and feature rich functionality.

Do a quick check, and see if you use these advanced features of Microsoft Excel in your day to day work.

Some of the common things that can be done easily with Excel are:

  1. Finding the Top 10 Customers or Finding the Bottom 10 Performers in the organization
  2. Highlight values that are above or below a certain threshold – like all sales above $25,000 to be highlighted
  3. Sort the values in Ascending, Descending or any customized order – like sorting in order of Manufacturing, Accounts, Sales departments.
  4. Give Names to Range of Cells, and then use them in formulas for easy referencing and decoding
  5. Exploit Pivot Tables to Summarize the data and slice & dice it in any way – finding sales by product groups, or calculating productivity by department
  6. Write Macros to automate routine things that save you a huge amount of time – example creating pivots, charts, tables, and doing complex calculations automatically.
  7. Use advanced filtering conditions, and be able to filter data using multiple different criteria
  8. Create fantastic charts that portray the given business situation perfectly. There are over 50 different types of charts to choose from, and each has its edge, advantages and a reason.
  9. Create management dashboard that are dynamic, and provide a complete snapshot of the key business KPIs in the company – change the chart values at the click of a checkbox or change in a drop-down value
  10. Use Excel’s advanced What-If analysis to do projections for future, forecasting, trend analysis etc. with ease
  11. Use Lookup tables to find any value or corresponding value from a table using advanced functions and formulas

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Microsoft Excel is really extremely powerful. Each version of Microsoft Excel – be it Excel 2007, or Excel 2010 or Excel 2013 adds more and more features to the already powerful dynamite of a package.

At Intellisoft, we teach people how to leverage the maximum power out of Microsoft Excel in short training courses. Some of the popular courses are:

We have a number of Public Classes each month, and we also provided In-House Training to your staff and team at your office, if you have a group of 10+ people, and have a room to hold the training.

So what are you waiting for? If you would like to learn any one or more of such useful features of Microsoft Excel, come for a short Excel Training at Intellisoft.

Go ahead, equip your team with the right skills. Get everyone on board to learn the basic and advanced features of Microsoft Excel, and Be Awesome in Excel!

Email to training@intellisoft.com.sg or call +65-6296-2995 for the next available schedule of Microsoft Excel Training in Singapore.

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Cheers,
Vinai Prakash, PMP, ITIL, Six Sigma, GAP,
Master Trainer

Top 3 Features of Microsoft Excel You Must Know

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Microsoft Excel is heavily used in Banking, Sales, Finance, Marketing, Customer Service… you name it, it is used by people at operations level, supervisory level and management level for data entry, data analysis, tracking and reporting data.

No wonder in job interviews, Excel features heavily for such job roles.

The Top 3 features often asked in the Job Interviews are regarding Pivot Tables, VLookup Functions and Macros.

Do you know Pivot Tables in Excel?

Pivot tables are used to summarize multiple data rows in one or multiple sheets, and create a summary report. It is a fantastic tools that makes it much easier to view the data at a high level – by category, by division, by department, by area and by country etc… based on your data.

It is best if you master pivot tables, and its nuances, its options, its hidden features and become an expert at using Pivot tables.

Here are some articles I wrote about using Pivot Tables in Excel, and its advanced options of getting pivot data in summary sheets within Excel.

But you may want to attend the Advanced Excel classroom training, and even avail government grants, SkillsFuture, SDF funding etc. to get subsidized fees.

Do you know how to use the Vlookup Function in Excel?

Vlookup and Hlookup are 2 of the Lookup functions within Excel. They help to lookup prices of parts, employee names etc. from tables where you know the part number, employee number, IC number etc.

It is like looking up the meaning of a word in a dictionary. These are extremely powerful functions, and you must know them well.

Do note that there are couple of variations of the Lookup functions – Exact Match or Range Lookup (Approximate match). You must know what to use, and when to use which option.

Knowledge of VLookup is a  must for most industries using Excel, like the Banking & Finance industry.

Again, at Intellisoft, we cover the Lookup Functions in the Advanced Excel and the Excel Dashboard MasterClass, where you learn how to create Management Reports and Dashboards using Microsoft Excel.

Do you know how to write Macros in Excel?

To save time in doing repeated steps, Microsoft introduced the Visual Basic for Applications programming language. IT is popularly called as VBA Macro programming. With VBA programming, you can extend Excel to create routines that can do the basic, mundane steps, quickly, and correctly, so you can spend more time with the more important stuff.

Excel macros are used in creating specific user forms, creating conditional logic, creating work flow within a n organization.

The end user can simple execute multiple steps without knowing how to do the intermediate steps, simply by clicking a button, which in turn can run a complex macro. It is so simple, and magical to use and execute macros within Excel.

You could use it to generate a profit and loss statement, a balance-sheet, a leave approval form, a cash flow statement, pivots and charts automatically, without doing multiple steps.

Read more about VBA Macro Programming here. And you can attend our 3 day VBA Macro programming training in Singapore.

Conclusion:

These are the most important and most used features of Microsoft Excel. Master these, and you will be very popular in your company, and you will improve your job prospects significantly by learning these 3 most important things in Excel.

Cheers,
Vinai Prakash,
Founder & Principal Trainer, Intellisoft Systems

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