pivot table

  

Definition

Spreadsheet feature that allows data tables to be rearranged in many ways for different views of the same data. Invented in 1986 by Pito Salas, then working for Lotus Corp, and incorporated in the Lotus Improv in 1989.

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  • Peter loved using the pivot table when he worked with a spreadsheet because viewing the data in many different ways facilitated ideas and approaches he hadn't thought of before.

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  • The concept of a pivot table has become more than commonplace in modern spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, and OpenOffice's program Calc.

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  • Before he met with the CFO, he prepared a pivot table with sales data so he could answer questions on the fly about how different departments and products had performed

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