How To Use IDEAS in Excel

Summary

Excel Ideas is one of the coolest and most modern features. You can understand your data through natural language queries that allow you to ask questions about your data without having to write complicated formulas. Ideas analyze and provide high-level summaries, trends and visual patterns.

Here are some tips for getting the most out of Ideas:

  • Ideas work best with data formatted as Excel Table. To make a table in Excel, click anywhere in your data and then press Ctrl + T.
  • Make sure you have a good column heading. The title must be a row with a unique label, not blank for each column. Avoid duplicate titles, merged cells, etc.
  • If you have complex or nested data, you can use Power Query to convert tables with cross-sections or multiple headers.

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