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Turning a query into a PivotTable

From: Access 2010 Power Shortcuts

Video: Turning a query into a PivotTable

You'll use queries extensively to explore your data, and you can actually take your analysis a step deeper by turning your queries into pivot tables. Pivot tables allow you to interactively analyze your data along more than two dimensions. Let's start by understanding our scenario and our goal. I have opened my Orders table, and I can see every order. The Date it was placed, the Customer who ordered it, the Products that they ordered, the Quantity that they ordered, as well as the OrderStatus. If I go down to my Queries, and I double-click on OrderTotals, I can see similar information with the addition of a grand Total row for that particular order.

Turning a query into a PivotTable

You'll use queries extensively to explore your data, and you can actually take your analysis a step deeper by turning your queries into pivot tables. Pivot tables allow you to interactively analyze your data along more than two dimensions. Let's start by understanding our scenario and our goal. I have opened my Orders table, and I can see every order. The Date it was placed, the Customer who ordered it, the Products that they ordered, the Quantity that they ordered, as well as the OrderStatus. If I go down to my Queries, and I double-click on OrderTotals, I can see similar information with the addition of a grand Total row for that particular order.

When I look at it in Design View, here is each order with a calculation in the last column to find out the Total for that order. But if I go up to that toggle button, and I dropdown the bottom half, I have some additional options. Let's click on PivotTable View. When we choose it, a white grid appears with placeholders at the top and left. There is also a Field List on the right-hand side. If you don't see the Field List, there is a button on the upper left of the ruler, so you can turn it on and off.

Find your Company field. Click on it, and drag it to the left-hand side where it says Drop Row Fields Here. Now we have a list of all of our companies. Click on Product, and drag it up to where it says Drop Column Fields Here. We have each of our products. We can take this even deeper. If I pick up Size and drag it next to Product, now each of my Product is broken up by the Size that has been ordered. Go to your totals and drag it into the big middle area where it says Drop Total or Detail Fields Here.

Now have a new calculation. I can see by Company, the grand total that they've spent on each of my Products by Size. You can really get creative with pivot tables. I can even pick up my Quantity, and drop it into my Totals row, and now I know the grand total for how many bottles of that product they've ordered. This new analysis will be saved when you save the query. So once you've created it, you can toggle back and forth between your Design views, your Datasheet views, and your PivotTable View, and this analysis will always be there.

Creating a pivot table from your query will allow you to do detail analysis anytime on multiple dimensions simultaneously.

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  1. 1m 15s
    1. Welcome
      47s
    2. Using the exercise files
      28s
  2. 25m 49s
    1. Customizing the Navigation pane
      2m 23s
    2. Toggling between Design and Data views
      2m 40s
    3. Creating new fields with field templates
      2m 9s
    4. Understanding the "Cannot contain a Null value" error
      1m 29s
    5. Working with AutoNumbers as foreign keys
      2m 24s
    6. Using input masks
      2m 39s
    7. Four ways to add fields to a query
      1m 41s
    8. Four ways to filter data
      2m 56s
    9. Selecting multiple form and report controls
      2m 13s
    10. Aligning and distributing controls on forms and reports
      5m 15s
  3. 5m 48s
    1. Opening recent files
      2m 33s
    2. Opening your most recently used file automatically
      56s
    3. Selecting a startup form
      1m 0s
    4. Changing the default saving location
      1m 19s
  4. 8m 22s
    1. Expanding and collapsing the Ribbon
      1m 13s
    2. Three ways to customize the Quick Access toolbar
      3m 14s
    3. Selecting Ribbon buttons using KeyTips
      1m 47s
    4. Creating your own ribbons
      2m 8s
  5. 9m 26s
    1. Turning the Navigation pane into a switchboard
      3m 48s
    2. Right-clicking
      2m 48s
    3. Using keyboard shortcuts
      2m 50s
  6. 5m 56s
    1. Navigating between records
      2m 8s
    2. Using Search, Go to, and Find
      2m 20s
    3. Selecting fields, rows, columns, and tables
      1m 28s
  7. 21m 46s
    1. Undo and Redo tips
      2m 18s
    2. Entering data across, not down
      59s
    3. Repeating data from the record above
      1m 39s
    4. Copying and pasting content
      2m 44s
    5. Inserting today's date
      1m 10s
    6. Removing automatic hyperlinks
      1m 54s
    7. Using AutoCorrect
      1m 36s
    8. Using concatenated fields
      2m 16s
    9. Linking Outlook contacts
      2m 23s
    10. Saving imports and exports for reuse
      4m 47s
  8. 35m 56s
    1. Creating a table using application parts
      2m 18s
    2. Creating Quick Start fields
      1m 49s
    3. Saving application parts
      2m 43s
    4. Understanding number field sizes
      3m 2s
    5. Setting default field types
      2m 55s
    6. Using validation rules
      4m 0s
    7. Using flag fields
      2m 1s
    8. Using an index
      2m 4s
    9. Using a datasheet Totals row
      2m 0s
    10. Filtering by selection
      1m 26s
    11. Resizing columns and rows
      2m 7s
    12. Removing gridlines and shading from tables
      1m 29s
    13. Hiding and unhiding table fields
      1m 13s
    14. Freezing fields when scrolling
      59s
    15. Analyzing your table for redundant structure
      5m 50s
  9. 10m 53s
    1. Setting a starting AutoNumber
      3m 14s
    2. Creating a multi-field primary key
      4m 17s
    3. Using subdatasheets
      1m 27s
    4. Using relationship reports
      1m 55s
  10. 28m 32s
    1. Using wildcards
      5m 40s
    2. Using IN instead of OR
      1m 29s
    3. Hiding query fields
      54s
    4. Changing captions
      1m 31s
    5. Finding duplicate records
      2m 13s
    6. Moving records with append and delete queries
      4m 31s
    7. Using make-table queries
      2m 12s
    8. Creating an update query
      2m 55s
    9. Turning a query into a PivotTable
      2m 30s
    10. Turning a query into a PivotChart
      2m 6s
    11. Using SQL statements
      2m 31s
  11. 28m 48s
    1. Using the property sheet to work with controls
      2m 16s
    2. Creating option groups
      2m 43s
    3. Using a ComboBox to select a record
      2m 55s
    4. Creating tabbed form layouts
      4m 45s
    5. Inserting charts
      3m 42s
    6. Creating your own smart tags
      1m 24s
    7. Using the CanGrow and CanShrink properties
      1m 46s
    8. Hiding fields in printouts
      1m 26s
    9. Setting tab stops
      3m 41s
    10. Clipping, stretching, and zooming images
      1m 17s
    11. Viewing single or continuous forms
      1m 1s
    12. Changing a form's default view
      1m 52s
  12. 9m 7s
    1. Inserting page breaks in reports and forms
      2m 15s
    2. Creating headers and footers
      5m 49s
    3. Hiding duplicates in reports
      1m 3s
  13. 10m 17s
    1. Using themes to customize the look of the database
      4m 12s
    2. Using the Format Painter
      2m 25s
    3. Grouping controls on forms and reports
      1m 35s
    4. Setting default appearance for new databases
      2m 5s
  14. 17m 56s
    1. Using a Before Change macro to create a time stamp
      6m 51s
    2. Triggering a Before Delete warning message
      2m 49s
    3. Creating an After Update macro to email a customer
      2m 11s
    4. Creating a user interface macro
      4m 12s
    5. Using AutoExec macros
      1m 53s
  15. 2m 53s
    1. Saving templates
      2m 10s
    2. Locking files
      43s
  16. 44s
    1. Goodbye
      44s

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