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Practical expert knowledge.. I did not follow the examples...
on 12 June 2012
I surely appreciate the frustrations of the people who complain that thee examples do not follow the book...
... but for me, I wanted a good reference with practical examples to read from the book, quickly, and it does the trick.
Pivot Tables can appear very easy at the beginning, but there is a lot to dig in and it can become overwhelmingly complex. The authors make sure to explain it in plain English, but of course you need to read back and forth a few times. On the other hand, everything is practical and you will quickly find ways to experience their solutions on your own data. So for me, you do not need to download examples and work from those... just start from your own data.
After much effort, I am the uncontested master of pivot table within my company... worth the effort and small price..