OpenOffice.org Calc: The Mysteries of DataPilots Revealed
Jul 17, 2009, 16:32 (0 Talkback[s])
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"In a way, you could think of them as the spreadsheet equivalent
of queries in databases. They aren't difficult to create, but they
do take a little bit of thought to set up correctly.
"A DataPilot requires a range of cells as a source. However, to
work properly, the range must be organized as it would be in a
database, with labels at the top of each column. For example, if
you are a college instructor, you might have created a spreadsheet
for entering grades.
"Without the labels, or adding them to rows will leave you
unable to create a DataPilot.
"To create a DataPilot, either highlight a range of shells in
the current spreadsheet or locate a database that is registered in
OpenOffice.org (go to File -> New -> Database ->Open an
existing database to register one). Then select Data ->
DataPilot -> Start and make your selection."
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