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Using a Pivot Table....need some help...

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by Raider4evr, Apr 20, 2004.

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  1. Raider4evr

    Raider4evr Thread Starter

    Dec 1, 1999
    Im currently transferring information from an adobe PDF report to excel. The information is basicaly a row by row listing of shipments that will be sent out of our facility with the following information: Load#, dispatch day, ETA, Carrier, weight, cube, cartons, origin, destination and maybe a couple others.

    Like I said, I currently take this report and manually key this into excel, but was told a pivot table would be easier to use. I always thought a pivot table was for doing calulation over large ranges of data. based on the info above, would a pivot table help out? Also, please note, some load#'s above will be listed twice when a shipment is going to two destinations.

    If you need more info, let me know and I can try and give more. Also, if you have any links to online sites for learning pivot tables, that would be great! Gonna go out and get a book as well.

  2. XL Guru

    XL Guru

    Aug 30, 2003
    Pivot tables are great at what they do, but they won't help you data input.

    Have a go at XL's built-in DataForm if you like (Data -- Form), but it's fairly naff.

    Here's some tips.

    1. Assuming your header info is in row 1, select cell A2, then choose Freeze Panes from the Window menu. However far you move down the sheet, the header info will remain in view, so you won't lose track of which column you're in.

    2. Use the shortcut CTRL+; for current date.

    3. Use the shortcut CTRL+' to copy the value from the cell above.

    4. Use some code in the worksheet module (rightclick the tab, select View Code). Let's say you have 11 columns to enter, then

    Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
    If Target.Column = 11 Then
    Target.Offset(1, -10).Select
    End If
    End Sub

    means whenever you change an entry in column 11 & hit Enter, the cursor'll jump to column A in the next row.

  3. RHurlburt


    Oct 31, 2003
    Don't mean to interrupt, but where is the data coming from that gets entered in the PDF report and can you intercept it? ie How is that report generated?

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