# Guide to Excel Pivot Tables

Pivot tables provide a way to redisplay the data in a spreadsheet independent of its original layout and can be used to produce reports or summaries in a more readable fashion. These tables are one of the most powerful tools available in Microsoft's Excel software program, and learning how to use them effectively allows you to get the most out of an Excel spreadsheet.

This pivot table guide will show you how to create these tables and presents a number of scenarios where this powerful function can be useful. You will also find tips and tricks that will make your pivot tables look more polished and professional.

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