A Quick Take

11 Jan

As I’ve put myself on a limited work schedule owing to a routine medical procedure (which has been already carried out), I’m recusing myself this week from a post. One correction, however: I had replied to commenter Doug Glancy (The Camera Tool, Part 1 post) that the Camera button has been installed as a default on the Quick Access Toolbar in the Excel 2013 beta. That isn’t true.

By the way, the 2013 release (which you can freely download here) features a Recommended Pivot Table button which when clicked opens this window, the recommendations forged from the data with which you’re currently working:




The recommendations may range from inspiring to clunky, and won’t absolve you of the mandate to learn pivot tables, though.

2 Responses to “A Quick Take”

  1. Doug Glancy January 15, 2013 at 2:55 am #

    I wondered about that, and figured I just had a faulty beta :).

    I actually just did a post on my blog about pivot tables and my alternative to the various built-in formatting options. It sounds like 2013 takes built-in formatting a step further. I’ll have to check it out.

    I’m interested in an example of an inspiring recommendation.

    Feel better!

    • Abbott Katz January 15, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

      Thanks for the wish – I am feeling much better.
      I was being slightly ironic about Excel’s inspired input, but to be fair I haven’t gotten into that side of 2013, along with its built-in formatting improvements (of which I haven’t seen any evidence yet – but I defer you on this point).

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