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Formatting Data

If you have ever used a highlighting pen, you understand the value of formatting data. You can highlight data in a variety of ways besides adding color: underlining, bolding, strikethrough, superscripting, subscripting, outlining, capitalization, changing the font type or font size, and so on. For the purposes of analyzing business data, formatting allows you to

  • Draw your eyes to significant data values. If the color red means something bad and a red data value appears somewhere in your data, you might need to make a decision based on that value.

  • Perform simple data grouping or trending tasks. For instance, if you notice three data values colored green and two data values colored red—and the color green means something good—you can obviously conclude that you have one more good data value than bad.


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