Tabular Data and Lists in Microsoft® Excel®
Learn how to transform data into meaningful, organized tables in Microsoft Excel.
Managing and analyzing data can be overwhelming. However, an Excel table allows for consistent and uniform data. Your data’s additional rows and columns will update with refresh and features, such as sorting and filtering. It is a simple way to professionally format your work and is especially helpful in organizing your data with PivotTables.
Along with Excel tables, you can manage data via a list or sequence of rows of related data. The difference is that tables have additional functionality. For example, tables display rows in alternating colors, while lists do not. Lists allow for more layout options than a table and are a helpful feature in data validation. A drop-down list can be created to allow users to select even a dependent value.
• You will be able to describe how and why to use a list and table.
• You will be able to explain how named ranges add to functionality.
• You will be able to recognize structured references versus formulas.
• You will be able to explain how to create a dependent drop-down list in data validation.