Exercise: Create two timelines, which control two pivot tables

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Category ==> Power BI - Excel 2016  (23 exercises)
Topic ==> PowerPivot data models  (3 exercises)
Level ==> Harder than average
Course ==> PowerPivot / Excel Power BI
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In a new workbook, create a new PowerPivot data model and import the last 9 tables in alphabetical order from the Make-a-Mammal database.

Use these to create two pivot tables and two timelines.  Here's what the timelines should look like:

Two timelines

Here we've chosen to see all purchases made in 2011-2015, but paid for in 2016.

For the timeline choices shown on the previous page, your pivot tables should show this data:

Two pivot tables

The first pivot table shows the number of purchases by centre type and environment; the second shows the average sale price by region and family. The timelines should control both of them, to give the figures shown.

Save this workbook as Time after time, then close it down.

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