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Excel 2010 - Tables - Are they worth the Fuss?

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I'd like to get some links on whether setting up a spreadsheet as a table is really necessary to get a particular job done.  Almost everything I've seen done within the confines of a table can be done without defining a table.  AND, tables use special syntax for calculating row values, (i.e. the "@") and having the table given a unique name "TABLE1"
I'm just not seeing the value.  Or am I totally wrong here?
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barry houdini earned 200 total points
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There are some advantages; you can refer to a column of the table using the header, without having to define a name - and in effect that range is dynamic because if you add rows to the table the "Name" automatically encompasses the added rows.

Also, similarly if you add rows then any formulas in the rows above will be replicated automatically into the new rows.

......I also quite like the look of them - easily achieved without formatting....but perhaps that's just me!

regards, barry
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Depends on the use that you will give to your table but in my opinion is worth using tables. Here are some links with information about tables on Excel 2010:

http://blogs.office.com/b/microsoft-excel/archive/2010/01/25/table-improvements-in-excel-2010.aspx
http://www.excel-2010.com/tables-in-excel-2010/

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by:patrickab
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brothertruffle880,

Having used Excel for about 8 years I can honestly say I cannot see the value or advantage of Tables. They seem to me to introduce a level of complexity that is totally unnecessary. I have never needed to use a Table and I avoid them like the plague.

Patrick
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by:Rory Archibald
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Whilst most things can be done without using a table, many things are easier with one. You didn't say what the specific job was, so it's impossible to answer that part of your question.
FWIW, I think tables are a very useful new feature.
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by:patrickab
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>...I think tables are a very useful new feature.

New? Tables are available in Excel2002!
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by:Rory Archibald
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No, they are not. I suspect you are thinking of Data Tables? Tables were introduced with 2007, as an empowered version of the Lists added in 2003.
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by:patrickab
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Yep, Data Tables
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by:Rory Archibald
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Yeah, totally different thing. I think I've used data tables once before. :)
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brothertruffle880 - Thanks for the points - Patrick
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