Imagine that you could be in multiple locations at one time, with multiple clients at one time, helping them with their pivot table reports. Suppose you could help multiple clients refresh their data, extract the top 20 records, group by months, or sort by revenueeven all at the same time. The fact is that you can do just that by using Excel macros.
A macro is a series of keystrokes that have been recorded and saved. Once saved, the macro can be played back on command. In other words, you can record your actions in a macro, save the macro, and then allow your clients to play back your actions with a touch of a button. It would be as though you were there with them! This functionality is especially useful when distributing pivot table reports.
For example, suppose that you want to give your clients the option of grouping their pivot table report by month, by quarter, or by year. Although the process of grouping can be technically performed by anyone, some of your clients may not have a clue how to do it. In this case, you could record a macro to group by month, a macro to group by quarter, and a macro to group by year. Then you could create three buttons, one for each macro. In the end, your clients, having little experience with pivot tables, will need only to click a button to group their pivot table report.
A major benefit of using macros with your pivot table reports is the power you can give your clients to easily perform pivot table actions that they would not normally be able to perform on their own, thus empowering them to more effectively analyze the data you provide.