One option for managing and analyzing data is to turn a data range into an Excel table.
There are several benefits to working with an Excel table, including the following:
- Activating a cell in the table gives access to a new Table Tools contextual tab on the Ribbon.
- Each column header contains a drop-down list, which can be used to sort or filter data.
- When scrolling down the worksheet, the table headers replace the column letters in the worksheet header.
- As rows or columns are added or deleted, formatting, conditional formatting, data validation, and other operations are automatically carried over to the new cells.
- A Total row can quickly be added to a table to calculate any column.
- A single formula is automatically propagated to all cells in the column.
- Rather than using cell references, you can use table names and column headers in formulas.
- Duplicate rows can be removed automatically.
- As rows or columns are added to or deleted from the table, the table range will adjust accordingly.
Creating an Excel table from a data range is a simple process.