In this sweeping presentation Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, explores Excel's powerful Table feature. This feature offers an astonishing number of automation and data integrity opportunities, all without writing any programming code. Start saving time today by creating charts that resize themselves as you add data; formulas and pivot tables that automatically accommodate expansions of a data set; and get through analytical tasks more effectively and efficiently.

David demonstrates every technique at least twice: first, on a PowerPoint slide with numbered steps, and second, in Excel 2016. He draws to your attention any differences in Excel 2013, 2010, or 2007 during the presentation as well as in his detailed handouts. David also provides an Excel workbook that includes most of the examples he uses during the webcast.

Topics covered:

  • Eliminating the need to manually resize charts when data is added—automate this with tables instead.
  • Minimizing a data integrity risk within pivot tables by way of Excel’s Table feature.
  • Applying different filter settings with just a couple of mouse clicks using the Custom Views feature.
  • Streamlining filtering of lists in Excel 2013 and later by using the Slicer feature with tables.
  • Creating an in-cell list by way of Excel’s Data Validation feature, and then automating the addition of new items with a table.
  • Using the SUMIF function to summarize data based on a single criterion.
  • Capitalizing on keyboard shortcuts to make navigating within a table easier.
  • Learning how the Table feature empowers you to improve the integrity of Excel spreadsheets.
  • Simplifying formula writing by way of table and field names, which eliminates the need to activate other worksheets.
  • Determining whether formulas within tables use cell references or field names.
  • Improving the integrity of pivot tables by utilizing the Table feature in Excel.
  • Discovering two different ways to locate tables anywhere within a workbook.
Learning Objectives
  • Discover the definitions of the arguments for Excels' VLOOKUP function.
  • Identify which versions of Excel permit using slicers with both tables and pivot tables.
  • Identify the feature that makes charts expand automatically as you add additional data to the source range.
Last updated/reviewed: August 4, 2023

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This course is included in the following Certification Programs:

17 CoursesExcel Modeler Certification

  1. Excel Efficiency: VLOOKUP
  2. Excel Efficiency: Logic Functions
  3. Excel Efficiency: Filtering and Formatting Data
  4. Excel Efficiency: Intermediate Pivot Tables
  5. Excel Efficiency: Auditing Spreadsheets
  6. Excel Efficiency: Minimizing Worksheet Errors
  7. Excel Efficiency: Workbook Links
  8. Excel Efficiency: What-If Analysis in Microsoft Excel
  9. Excel Efficiency: Quick and Easy Financial Statements in Excel
  10. Excel Efficiency: Budget Spreadsheets
  11. Hands-On Excel: Waterfall Calculations
  12. Excel Efficiency: Table Feature
  13. Excel Efficiency: Intro to Macros Part 1
  14. Excel Efficiency: Intro to Macros Part 2
  15. Excel Efficiency: Excel Chart Speed Tips
  16. Excel Efficiency: Taming Large Spreadsheets
  17. Excel Efficiency: Internal Controls
10 Reviews (44 ratings)


Member's Profile
Great course. I like th pacing. I got a little stuck when trying to do custom views with a pivot table in the workbook. The workbook I downloaded had a pivot table so customs views was disabled. This was covered at the end of the custom views section...maybe should have been at the beg

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I like the step-by-step slides that really explain how to apply the features that are being taught. They are really nice to be able to refer back to when you are applying what you have learned at work.

Anonymous Author
Informative course that can be used and referenced in the future. it was helpful as an excel user who does not create tables often, but would like to learn more going forward.

Member's Profile
Found the course useful. I've worked with Data tables before, but was confused on some of their function. This course cleared up that confusion.

Member's Profile
Another excellent course from David Ringstrom. These courses are my go-to when I need to learn something new in Excel.

Anonymous Author
This was a very helpful course in understanding and applying the table features, slicers, vlookup and data validation.

Anonymous Author
Another great course Thank you Instructor David Ringstrom, I learn new excel tool and work with tables.

Member's Profile
I love your style of teaching. It's reliable and easy to follow.

Member's Profile
This course exposed me to new useful perspectives on tables.

Member's Profile
another great course...learned so much..thanks you

Course Complexity: Intermediate

Program Prerequisites: None

Advance Preparation: None

Education Provider Information
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Course Syllabus
  Introduction to Tackling Excels Table Feature11:07
  Data Table7:19
  Managing Table Styles8:53
  Table Feature Filtering Nuance9:52
  Filtering Data with Custom View9:24
  Table Navigation Shortcuts10:16
  Table Formulas: Column Names vs. Cell References8:39
  Using the Table Feature with VLOOKUP8:26
  In-Cell Drop-Down List7:37
  Self-Expanding Charts8:32
  Table Conflicts: Copying Grouped Sheets5:19
  COUNTA Function5:29
  Excel Efficency: Table Feature1:40:54
Supporting Materials
  Slides: Excel Efficiency: Table FeaturePDF
  Excel Efficiency: Table Feature Glossary/IndexPDF
  Workbook: Excel Efficiency: Table FeatureXLSX