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Surveying DAX functions

From: Excel 2010: Pivot Tables in Depth

Video: Surveying DAX functions

When you want to summarize your PowerPivot data you can use the built-in DAX functions to do so. There are two ways to find the functions you need. The first is to use the Help system to look up the function you want and the second is to start typing the function's name and select the proper function from the IntelliSense list that appears. You're probably familiar with Formula AutoComplete and IntelliSense from using Excel, so I'll show you how to use the PowerPivot Help system to get information on the available functions. To begin, in Excel we'll click the PowerPivot tab on the Ribbon and then click the PowerPivot Window button.

Surveying DAX functions

When you want to summarize your PowerPivot data you can use the built-in DAX functions to do so. There are two ways to find the functions you need. The first is to use the Help system to look up the function you want and the second is to start typing the function's name and select the proper function from the IntelliSense list that appears. You're probably familiar with Formula AutoComplete and IntelliSense from using Excel, so I'll show you how to use the PowerPivot Help system to get information on the available functions. To begin, in Excel we'll click the PowerPivot tab on the Ribbon and then click the PowerPivot Window button.

And when we do, our data model appears inside of the PowerPivot window. Now to get help in PowerPivot you can click the Help button and it's the blue button with a question mark at the top right corner of the Ribbon. So click that and the SQL Server PowerPivot for Microsoft Excel Help dialog box appears. Then inside the dialog box click the Search tab in the left-hand pane and then type function reference, and then press Enter.

When you do you see list of Topics. And in my topic list, topic number 14 is the Function Reference. I've highlighted it to make it call out and I'll double-click it to make it appear in the right-hand pane of the dialog box. I'll expand the window so that it's much wider and now within the window I can click the DAX Online Function Reference link. When I do that displays the Function Reference page on Microsoft TechNet.

And I'll drag the left-hand side of this window to make it even larger. And now within the reference article you can go to any different section that you want. So let's say for example that you wanted to get information about statistical functions. To do that you can click the Statistical Functions link and you'll see all of the functions that are listed and that you can use here in the article. If you want to go back to the previous page you can click the Back button on the toolbar and it'll take you back to the main page.

And just to see one other section we'll click the Date and Time Functions link, and on that page we get a list of the functions that are available to us. The DAX language doesn't include all of the functions you'll find in Excel but it does offer a wide variety of functions that let you build calculations to summarize your data effectively. I strongly encourage you to read through the DAX Function Reference to become familiar with the functions at your disposal.

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Excel 2010: Pivot Tables in Depth

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Curt Frye
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  1. 1m 38s
    1. Welcome
      55s
    2. Using the exercise files
      43s
  2. 38m 8s
    1. Introducing PivotTables
      4m 2s
    2. Formatting data for use in a PivotTable
      4m 31s
    3. Creating a PivotTable
      4m 20s
    4. Pivoting a PivotTable
      3m 47s
    5. Configuring a PivotTable
      3m 23s
    6. Connecting to an external data source
      3m 30s
    7. Connecting to an Access database
      2m 11s
    8. Consolidating data from multiple sources
      4m 37s
    9. Updating and refreshing PivotTable data sources
      4m 21s
    10. Managing PivotTables
      3m 26s
  3. 23m 33s
    1. Adding, removing, and positioning subtotals and grand totals
      3m 27s
    2. Changing the PivotTable data field summary operation
      4m 35s
    3. Summarizing more than one data field
      3m 16s
    4. Creating a calculated field
      2m 27s
    5. Grouping PivotTable fields
      3m 17s
    6. Using PivotTable data in a formula
      4m 47s
    7. Drilling down to the underlying data
      1m 44s
  4. 28m 9s
    1. Sorting PivotTable data
      2m 0s
    2. Creating a custom sort order
      2m 48s
    3. Filtering a PivotTable field by selection
      2m 59s
    4. Filtering a PivotTable by rule
      2m 56s
    5. Filtering a PivotTable using a search filter
      3m 10s
    6. Filtering a PivotTable using slicers
      4m 2s
    7. Formatting slicers
      3m 43s
    8. Filtering a PivotTable with report filter fields
      5m 2s
    9. Clearing and reapplying PivotTable filters
      1m 29s
  5. 15m 2s
    1. Applying a PivotTable style
      5m 5s
    2. Creating a PivotTable style
      4m 37s
    3. Changing the PivotTable layout
      3m 20s
    4. Changing the data field number format
      2m 0s
  6. 24m 33s
    1. Highlighting cells by applying a rule
      2m 54s
    2. Highlighting the top or bottom values in a PivotTable
      3m 30s
    3. Formatting PivotTable cells using data bars
      3m 50s
    4. Formatting PivotTable cells using color scales
      3m 40s
    5. Formatting PivotTable cells using icon sets
      2m 45s
    6. Editing conditional formatting rules
      2m 15s
    7. Controlling how multiple rules are applied
      3m 28s
    8. Deleting a conditional formatting rule
      2m 11s
  7. 24m 0s
    1. Creating a PivotChart
      3m 29s
    2. Pivoting a PivotChart
      3m 5s
    3. Filtering a PivotChart
      3m 45s
    4. Formatting a PivotChart
      3m 35s
    5. Changing a PivotChart layout
      3m 14s
    6. Changing a PivotChart chart type
      4m 30s
    7. Adding a trendline to a PivotChart
      2m 22s
  8. 9m 27s
    1. Printing a PivotTable
      4m 2s
    2. Printing each item on its own page
      3m 30s
    3. Printing a PivotChart
      1m 55s
  9. 13m 30s
    1. Recording and reviewing a macro
      4m 10s
    2. Running a macro
      5m 57s
    3. Creating a simple PivotTable presentation kit
      3m 23s
  10. 19m 17s
    1. Introducing PowerPivot
      2m 9s
    2. Downloading and installing PowerPivot
      2m 36s
    3. Importing PowerPivot data
      3m 14s
    4. Managing table columns
      4m 1s
    5. Adding tables to a PowerPivot model
      2m 27s
    6. Creating relationships between tables
      4m 50s
  11. 24m 30s
    1. Introducing the DAX language
      2m 58s
    2. Using DAX operators
      4m 44s
    3. Surveying DAX functions
      2m 40s
    4. Adding calculated columns and measures
      4m 22s
    5. Using aggregate functions
      4m 24s
    6. Using filters in aggregate functions
      5m 22s
  12. 59s
    1. Additional resources
      59s

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