Power Pivot is an Excel add-in that was first introduced in Excel 2010 by Microsoft. It allows you to harness the power of Business Intelligence right in Excel.

Read the tutorial on how to enable Power Pivot in Excel 2013 here

Read the tutorial on how to enable Power Pivot in Excel 2016 here

So what is Power Pivot?

In a nutshell, Power Pivot allows you to use multiple data sources for analysis.

Power Pivot gives you the power to work with large sets of data that are over 1 millions rows!!!

You could import, merge and perform analysis on the resulting data. The beautiful thing with Power Pivot is it allows you to work on Big Data with no limitations.

Imagine getting data from multiple sources like SQL Server, Oracle, XML, Excel, Microsoft Access and analyzing these all into one awesome Pivot Table!

So how do I get my hands on this super awesome add-in…I hear you say?


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STEP 1: The first step is to check the Excel bit version that you have on your PC.

To check the bit version, you need to go and open any Excel workbook and go to File > Help and on the far right hand side you will see the Version and the bit number in brackets, either (32-bit) or (64-bit).  Once you know this, close out of Excel completely!

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STEP 2: You will need to click on the following link and download the Power Pivot add-in from Microsoft’s website:

Download Power Pivot for Excel 2010

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STEP 3: Press the Download button and you will need to select the download bit version based on the bit system your Excel 2010 version is running (from Step 1).

If your Excel is 32-bit, pick the x86 installer.

If your Excel is 64-bit, pick the amd64 installer:

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Press the NEXT button…

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…and this will start the download of the add-in installer .msi file installer on your browser (if you do not see this, go to your browser’s Downloads folder).


STEP 4: Click on the .msi file to run the installer:

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STEP 5:  This will bring up the Microsoft Power Pivot for Excel Setup:

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Click the Next button and accept the terms of the Licence Agreement and press Next again:

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Click Next and select the Install button, wait for the Install to finish:

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You will get the following message once your install has been completed successfully.  Press Finish!

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STEP 6: Open a blank Excel workbook and on the ribbon menu you should now see the Power Pivot tab:

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