In today’s fast-paced digital world, it is required that we work more efficiently while utilizing digital tools to solve daily tasks. Therefore, how to approach the problem is crucial to optimize our work and meet the deadlines.
If you want to automate Excel, you should jump from 2D to 3D or 4D spreadsheets.
What is 2D, 3D and 4D Excel spreadsheet?
Excel 2D spreadsheet = INPUT TABLE
This is the most favorite approach for most Excel users with basic skills. They usually deal with a huge amount of xlsx tables. The tables are completed manually, the data is not controlled, hence there is a high chance of errors (typing errors, same content entered in different ways, etc.). This is time-consuming and tedious work, as they spend hours and hours researching how to write complex formulas, but always something runs out and they never get to the end. The solution is a stable Excel 3D spreadsheet.
Excel 3D spreadsheet = CODE LISTS + INPUT TABLE + REPORTS
This is a modern approach for optimized work and faster results. It is an optimal single input table solution with code lists and automated reports. The result is:
- error-free, controlled data entry, facilitated by mandatory fields with centralized code lists
- real-time refreshing of data
- automated reports
- history data
Excel 4D spreadsheet = CODE LISTS FOLDER + INPUT TABLES FOLDER + DATABASE FOLDER + REPORTS FOLDER
Upgrade 3D Excel solution for the local network. Each user gets his own file. The files are identical, they only have different settings, e.g., they define a specific company's department, or they are different in terms of content purpose. Use Power Query function and connect data from different sources.
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Learn how to create 3D and 4D Excel spreadsheets: