Context Transition in DAX for PowerPivot, Power BI & SSAS

Context Transition in DAX is when you transform the row context into the filter context.  In order to understand Context Transition a practical knowledge of Row and Filter context is needed, along with a practical knowledge of CALCULATE. Understanding Context Transition is not too complicated, however it is something that DAX users get caught out […]

Its rather simple to use the Outline feature in Excel

The Outline Feature in Excel Excel’s automatic outlining feature makes outlining a worksheet easy. Automatic outlining works best with numerical data organized into groups and sub groups by formulas or functions. For example, the sample image below contains monthly sales data, organized into quarterly and yearly totals using formulas: As you can see, it can […]

Related and RelatedTable – DAX for Power Pivot, Power BI and SSAS

When we looked at the SUM and SUMX expressions in an earlier article and video we introduced the use of RELATED. You will remember this expression; =[Qty] * RELATED(products[Sales Price]) Where we took the qty sold from the sales table and we went across to the related products table and found the relevant sales price […]

Resolve Errors in Excel Formula

How to Resolve Errors in Excel Formula

It is not uncommon to encounter errors in spreadsheets.  But thankfully Microsoft has equipped Excel with tools to help resolve errors in Excel formula.  This include the ability to evaluate formula and set error checking options. In this article we will cover step by step the options available to help resolve errors in Excel formula. […]

Step by Step – Named Ranges in Excel

Before we really get stuck into this article please go ahead and download the workbooks so that you can practice along step by step. There is no email or sign up to download the files.  This training is free for all and the best way to learn Excel is to practice along. Wanna learn more […]

Up and Running with Excel Form Controls

An Excel form control is a kind of user interface component that can be added to a worksheet. You can add a single form control to a worksheet, or a group of form controls. Some of the form controls that you can choose from include list boxes, check boxes, radio buttons, scroll bars, combo boxes, and […]

DAX COUNT and COUNTX – Impact of Using Measures and Columns

In a previous post we looked at DAX SUM and SUMX  expressions and you were introduced to a lot.  We mentioned table functions, iterators, row and filter context, measure, columns, and we also quickly introduced you to the RELATE function. In this article we are going to slow things down a little and look at DAX […]

Find Hard coded values in Excel Formulas

Find Hard coded values in Excel Formulas

Finding hard coded values within Excel Formulas is something Excel users have struggled with for a long time. While I was researching this article, I am surprised that the solution I am about to offer you has not been widely covered so far. What exactly is a hard coded value? It would be common to […]

What is DAX

What is DAX (DATA ANALYSIS EXPRESSIONS)

Data Analysis Expression language or DAX, was originally released with Power Pivot in Excel in 2010 by Microsoft. It’s a functional language that is very similar to excel, as you would expect as it was part of the excel tools.  Its initial basic function was to allow excel users solve more complex business problems. Now, […]