Excel Charts and Pivot Tables

Length: 0.5 Day(s)     Cost:$315 + GST

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This course provides an introduction to two of Excel’s tools for grouping and summarizing data; Charts and Pivot Tables. We have cherry-picked the essential Charts and Pivot Table topics from our Excel Data Analysis and Reporting and Excel Optimising courses to bring you a condensed, half day introduction to Excel Charts and Pivot Tables.If you’re looking for a more comprehensive training experience in either topic (or both!), we suggest you check out our half day courses:

  • Excel Charts (1/2 day course)
  • Excel Pivot Tables (1/2 day course)

This condensed course is perfect for anyone who has clean, ready -to-go data in Excel and just needs a few quick pointers on presenting that data in a meaningful way. If you work extensively with presenting data in Excel, you may want to consider our specialized half-day day courses on Excel Charts and Excel Pivot Tables.

We recommend that students have knowledge equivalent to the topics covered in our Excel Essential Skills course, OR that students are:

  • Comfortable creating Excel formulae
  • Familiar with basic Excel functions (SUM, COUNT, AVERAGE)
  • Familiar with absolute references ($A$1)

If you are new to Excel, we suggest starting with Excel Essentials Skills before tackling this course. If you just need to brush up on a few of the skills above, check out our half day Excel Beyond the Basics course.

By the end of this half-day of training, you will be able to use Excel Charts and Pivot Tables more effectively enabling you and your company to better analyse and summarise data.

The Excel Window

  • Command Tabs
  • Accessing the Research Task Pane
  • Identifying Different Cursor Shapes

Using Charts

  • Create a Chart
  • Changing Chart location to a separate sheet
  • Move a chart within a worksheet
  • Resize a chart
  • Change an existing chart to a different chart type
  • Overall Chart Design
  • Chart Styles
  • Chart Layout
  • Chart Shape Design
  • Shape Styles
  • Shape Colours
  • Shape Outlines
  • Shape Effects
  • Chart Text Design
  • Chart Labels
  • Chart Axes
  • Chart Gridlines
  • Chart Background
  • Moving an Embedded Chart
  • Resizing an Embedded Chart
  • Adding More Data

Selecting the Correct Chart & Data

  • General Guidelines On Which Type Of Chart To Use
  • Add data to an existing chart
  • Add a data series to a chart
  • Drag the sizing handles of ranges to add data to an embedded chart
  • Change the data in an existing chart
  • Change the cell range that a chart is based on
  • Rename or edit a data series that is displayed in a chart
  • Change the order of the data series
  • the horizontal (category) axis labels
  • Remove data from a chart
  • Delete source data on the worksheet

Editing Charts

  • Select a chart element by using the mouse
  • Select a chart element from a list of chart elements
  • Changing the Chart Type
  • Changing the cells to be plotted
  • Changing fonts and formats

Understanding Series

  • The Series Function
  • Adding or deleting a Series
  • Replace Cell References With Literal Values

Trendlines and Error Bars

  • Adding a Trendline
  • Change the format or settings of a trendline
  • Adding Error Bars

Excel Databases & Tables

  • Databases
  • Tables
  • Formatting Table Styles
  • Add data to a Table
  • Add a blank row at the end of the table
  • Resize a table
  • Insert a table row or column
  • Delete rows or columns in a table
  • Remove duplicate rows from a table
  • Remove blank rows from a table
  • Total the data in an Excel table

Summarising data with PivotTables

  • Creating a Pivot Table
  • Formatting the Pivot Table
  • Calculated Fields
  • Calculated Items

Creating PivotCharts

  • Creating a Pivot Chart
  • Formatting the Pivot Chart
  • Modifying the Pivot Chart


  • Sending as an Attachment
  • Creating a PDF
  • Compatibility Check
  • Saving a workbook for earlier versions
  • Converting earlier versions to the current version