OK, last week I showed you a parameterized PowerPivot report that contained no pivots anywhere. How did I build it? Best Tutorial: Start with a Pivot The easiest way to show you is to start with a PivotTable, even though…
In the Parameterized Report, how do I get the “Fan Pts” column on the far right of the cube formula report to respond to those parameter cells in the top left? Easy. The report is just formulas, so I can…
“Where does he get such WONDERFUL toys???” -Kasper de Jonge (To be honest, Kasper probably looks nothing like this. I’ve never been to the Netherlands, but based on the fashions in Sweden, I am fairly certain that the Dutch don’t…
“OK, I want the brooding frontman in the foreground, and the keyboard player and drum machine programmer in the back.” -Photographer for the EuroSynth band, MDX I’ve always loved this photo. Dany Hoter, master of the analysis arts, takes…
Arriving Here from a Search Engine or via Excel Help? This article below by Dick Moffat, as well as the one by Dany Hoter, is an excellent, detailed example of how to use cube functions with *any* OLAP data source,…
Hidden Rows and Columns Visible, Color Coded, and Explained
(Slicers Deliberately Moved Aside for Clarity)
(Click for Larger Version)
A Most Popular Post Indeed!
Well the CalChart post was a hit – the second most popular post of this year in fact. (Second only to Dan Battagin’s spreadsheet formatting post, and that one had the benefit of being directly linked to from the official Excel blog – Dan is a big cheater).
I particularly enjoy how many Excel Pros are arriving at this blog for the first time as a result of the CalChart – you know who you are! You’re helpless against the luxuriant charms of the CalChart! 🙂
And you have to have PowerPivot for it to work, muhaha. Resistance is futile. Go download it from Microsoft now. It’s free.
Modifying it to fit your needs
The workbook I made available for download last week included a bunch of unused “machinery” – formulas and cells that I created while I was experimenting with different techniques, but ended up not using in the final version.
Modifying This to Work With Your Existing Workbook Isn’t Hard
Adding the Calendar Chart to YOUR PowerPivot Workbook
OK, so you like the calendar chart but you don’t want to start from scratch in a new workbook? You already HAVE a PowerPivot workbook and want to just “port” the calendar chart into THAT workbook?
It’s easy. Probably a 30 minute task, and that includes the time spent reading this post.
It’s Actually VERY Simple to Catch Users’ Slicer Selections in Excel Formulas,
IF You Are Using PowerPivot (AKA the 2013 Data Model Feature)
A Popular Topic
No, I don’t mean things like “Fox Urine” or “Face to Anogenitaled” – those are pretty funny of course, and they come up in my job because I consult for my scientist neighbor on his lab rat projects.
But no, I’m here to talk about something even more popular than Fox Urine
Every day, one of the most-read topics on this blog is some variant of “I want to catch slicer selections in formulas.” This has been covered in at least three different posts:
There have also been a number of comments on each post that suggested alternate (and often better) ways of doing things. I’ve never been terribly comfortable with that third post in particular, the one dealing with multiple selections.
Funny thing is, I used a new technique (for me) in the Calendar Chart posts, but never went back and called it out explicitly. Today I am going to correct that omission.
Intro From Rob: Greetings from Vegas!
Well ok, Vegas isn’t tons of fun when you don’t leave your hotel room very much, but hey, I have a great view of castles and downtown Manhattan. I’m a little worried that this photo may open a wormhole into some alternate universe however:
Hey Wait a Second – How Is this Picture ALREADY in
the Blog Post Being Written in The Same Picture??? My Head Hurts.
Anyway, today David Hager has graciously stepped to the plate with a guest post. He’s seen me goofing around with conditional formatting a lot and he’s got some advanced techniques to add to the mix. Today’s post sets the stage for that.
It all revolves around the capability of CF (Conditional Formatting) to use formulas as the “decider” of whether or not to format a cell:
This CF Rule Type is Important to David’s Techniques
All right, take it away Mr. Hager…
CHANGING CONDITIONAL FORMATTING LOGIC USING DROPDOWNS
By David Hager
There has been a lot of demos and discussion on this blog relating to the innovative use of conditional formatting (CF), particularly in connection with PowerPivot.
The technique of CF in Excel is especially powerful where formulas are used to define the desired TRUE/FALSE condition to be applied. It occurred to me that in this era of data visualization and controls (such as slicers) for altering the data view, there was no user method for changing the underlying logic of applied conditional formats. As an example, say that on a worksheet that cell D7 has a CF formula of =D7>8. There is no way to change the CF to =L7>8 unless the CF control on the Ribbon is opened and the formula is manually changed. Further, a CF formula with both conditions ( =AND(D7>8,L7>8) ) may be what is desired, and the user may not know how to do this. Thus, I decided to create a method that allows for the selection and changing of CF conditions from dropdowns using data validation lists.
BTW, if you want to read that post Ken was tweeting about (the one written by Bob Phillips, another Excel MVP), here it is: Click to Read Bob Phillips, Excel MVP, Writing About Cube Formulas in PowerPivot