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Figure 1-13: Excel can automatically insert subtotal formulas and create outlines.
Scenario management
Scenario management is storing input values that drive a model. For example, if you have a sales
forecast, you may create scenarios such as best case, worst case, and most likely case.
Excel’s Scenario Manager can handle only simple scenario-management tasks, but most users
find it adequate. However, it is definitely easier than trying to keep track of different scenarios
Pivot tables
One of Excel’s most powerful tools is the pivot table, which enables you to display summarized
data in just about any way possible. Data for a pivot table comes from a worksheet database (or
table) or an external database, and it is stored in a special cache, which enables Excel to
recalculate data rapidly after a pivot table is altered.
Chapter 18 contains additional information about pivot tables.
As a companion to a pivot table, Excel also supports the pivot chart feature. Pivot charts enable
you to link a chart to a pivot table.
Auditing capabilities
Excel also offers useful auditing capabilities that help you identify errors or track the logic in an
unfamiliar spreadsheet. To access this feature, choose commands in the Formulas
Auditing group.
Refer to Chapter 21 for more information about Excel’s auditing features.
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