I taught a class today about Excel formulas, functions, and pivot tables. Instead of presenting pivot tables at the end of the 2-hour class, we worked with several samples at the beginning. I didn't want them to get slighted. I was one who used to feel inept with pivot tables, but the newer versions of Excel make it so easy, it's a crime not to use them. If you deal with raw data and would like a quick way to analyze it, you must consider using pivot tables. They're fast and they're flexible. And there are plenty of free tutorials out there.