# What is a pivot table and how does it work

## When would you use a pivot table?

Pivot tables are particularly useful

**if you have long rows or columns that hold values you need to track the sums of and easily compare to one another**. In other words, pivot tables extract meaning from that seemingly endless jumble of numbers on your screen.## How the pivot table works in Excel?

## What is the benefit of pivot table in Excel?

Pivot Tables are worksheet tables that let you summarize and analyze your Excel data. Benefits include:

**Ability to recap using any data element and then drill down to review the details**. Formulas may restrict sorting capabilities or may be corrupted when adding and deleting rows or columns.## Are pivot tables easy?

Pivot Tables are one of the most powerful features of Excel, and are something that every serious user of Excel should know how to use. Pivot Tables are also

**one of the most difficult features to figure out, unless you have some help**.## What is the difference between a table and a pivot table in Excel?

An Excel table is basically just a very simple database, consisting of one table. It has data elements (columns) and a set of members having those data elements (rows). It is detailed at the row level.

**A Pivot Table is a reporting and summation tool that gives you information *about* an Excel table**.## What is Freeze Excel?

The Excel Freeze Panes option allows you to lock your columns and/or rows so that when you scroll down or over to view the rest of your sheet, the column and/or row will remain on the screen.

## What are the drawbacks of pivot table?

**List of Disadvantages for Pivot Tables**

- It can be a time-consuming venture. …
- There are no automatic updates. …
- Older computers can struggle to present data. …
- It takes time to learn them.

## What can tableau do that Excel Cannot?

Tableau can

**filter a single worksheet**, as Excel does, and it can also filter multiple worksheets with any number of filters a user may need. It is almost effortless to do this since Tableau has a visual interface that makes it simple to set, change, or delete filters.## Are pivot tables accurate?

**As long as a pivot table is set up correctly, you can rest assured results are accurate**. In fact, a pivot table will often highlight problems in the data faster than any other tool.

## What is confusing about pivot tables?

Number Formatting

Rather than relying on ‘General’ format to figure it out, select Currency or Number (with the decimals places) that’s appropriate. PivotTables gets horribly confused **if a column of numbers has a blank cell, just one blank cell, it will Count the column instead of Sum**.

## Why use SQL over Excel?

**SQL is fast and can handle large loads of data**. Unlike Excel, SQL can handle well over one million fields of data with ease. SQL queries are also more flexible and powerful than Excel formulas.

## What is more powerful than Excel?

Google Sheets may be the most popular spreadsheet web app, but

**Zoho Sheet**has more features. And it’s also completely free. It’s the best free Excel alternative, if you’re looking for the most powerful solution. Like Excel, Zoho Sheet really packs in the features.## Why is Python better than Tableau?

**Python can produce visualizations but the process for the same is very time-consuming and complex**. Data visualizations through Python can be generated using open libraries such as MatPlotLib, SeaBorn, ggPlot, etc. Tableau is a data visualization interactive product commonly used in Business Intelligence.

## Should I learn Excel or SQL first?

The answer to both of your questions is no. SQL is a language specifically tailored to working with databases such as SQL Server, MySQL, or PostGre to name just a few.

**Excel is a spreadsheet application that allows you to work with data using the various rows and columns.**## When should I use Python vs Excel?

Excel is the perfect tool for someone who dabbles with data or just wants to keep track of schedule but doesn’t necessarily want to go too deep into data analytics. Python, on the other hand, has a fairly steep learning curve if you have little or no programming experience.

## Why choose MySQL over Excel?

While it might be difficult to extract data out of Excel it is significantly easier to perform operations on the data using Excel and the opposite goes for MySQL.

**If your work needs you to only work on data extraction and manipulation only, then MySQL is a better choice to use**.## Is SQL harder than Excel?

**SQL is much faster than Excel**. It can take minutes in SQL to do what it takes nearly an hour to do in Excel. Excel can technically handle one million rows, but that’s before the pivot tables, multiple tabs, and functions you’re probably using.

## Can Excel query a database?

Excel provides a powerful method for retrieving information from external databases. You aren’t limited to simply grabbing all the information from a specified table.

**You can, alternatively, query a database**. By querying a database, you retrieve only information from a table that matches your criteria.## How long learn SQL Excel?

It should take an average learner

**about two to three weeks**to master the basic concepts of SQL and start working with SQL databases. But in order to start using them effectively in real-world scenarios, you’ll need to become quite fluent; and that takes time.## What is VBA and SQL?

**VBA is Visual Basic code running on Excel**. It is possible to automate Excel significantly using VBA. SQL is a special language for database queries which is used to communicate with a database. Worksheets are flexible applications, where databases are not that flexible, however databases can work with a lot more data.

## Should I learn VBA or SQL first?

SQL is easier, and VBA is a bit tricky to catch on initially. However

**it would be advisable to start with VBA**, so that you get a basic understanidng of the programming flow and framework, and then move on to SQL.