PowerPivot | Calculated columns exercise | Use RELATED and concatenate to create 2 calculated columns

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Software ==> PowerPivot  (75 exercises)
Version ==> Excel 2016 and later
Topic ==> Calculated columns  (7 exercises)
Level ==> Relatively easy
Subject ==> Power BI training
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  1. Go into SQL Server Management Studio;
  2. Open the SQL file you've just unzipped (you can press CTRL + O to do this); then
  3. Execute this script.

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Create a new PowerPivot workbook, and import the tblPurchase and tblProduct tables into a new data model.

The two tables

You can leave the other columns in, but these are the only ones we'll need (you should also give your tables friendly names, as shown).

Create a new calculated column using the & symbol to concatenate:

Animal description

Create a new column describing each animal.

Bring this into the Purchase table, using the RELATED function:

The new column

Create a new Product column which brings in the What column that you've created from the Purchase table.

Hide columns and tables to get a beautifully clean pivot table field list:

Pivot table field list

All of the columns appear to be in one table.


Create and sort a pivot table to show that nobody likes foxes:

Sorted by sales

But what does the fox say?


Save this workbook as For fox sake, then close it down.

You can unzip this file to see the answers to this exercise, although please remember this is for your personal use only.
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