How to Use the Quick Analysis Tool in Excel

In: BlogDate: Jun 16, 2020By: Claire Lickman

Quick Analysis is one of the features introduced in Excel 2013. It allows you to visually spot trends and information in your spreadsheets, with just a few clicks. This is a really simple trick that even those of you brand new to Excel will be able to use.

In this video, Nicky will show you how to use Quick Analysis and some of the Formatting tools - and how to clear it if you don't want to see the information anymore.

Hi, we are Happy

We are leading a movement to create happy, empowered and productive workplaces.

How can we help you and your people to find joy in at least 80% of your work?

More about Happy

How to use the Quick Analysis Tool in Excel


With Quick Analysis, options for number data include Data Bars (or bar charts) that display in each cell, or Icon Sets, which show arrows to indicate how high or low a number is. Excel can even recognise when your data is a Date and highlight dates from last week or last month for you. This tip is quick and easy to use, and in this two-minute video, Nicky shows you how to use it and how to hide it when needed.

Related blogs

Why not sign up to our newsletter?

Sign up to our monthly newsletter, full of tips, tricks and news to help you to be happier and more productive at work.

Sign up here

Learn How to Analyse Your Excel Data With Our Online Sessions

Our Analysing Excel Data for Better Business Decisions workshop will give you a toolbox of effective methods to analyse your data. The techniques range from quick analysis to setting up complex automated dashboards.

This course is only available for private bookings, either for groups or as a one-to-one, held online via Zoom or in the classroom — please get in touch for availability.

View our Analysing Excel Data for Better Business Decisions course page

We also offer a range of 90-minute Advanced Excel sessions, including Using Range Names, Nesting Logical Functions, XLOOKUP, LookUps and New Formulas in Excel 2016 Onwards. These bitesize sessions are only available online. Find out more

Why learn online with Happy?

  • Interactive and engaging - just like our classroom sessions
  • Bitesize or full-day sessions - fit around your schedule
  • Learn from home - all you need is a quiet place to call from and an internet connection
  • IT Helpline - 2 years of free support after your course
  • No quibble money-back guarantee

Claire Lickman

Claire is Head of Marketing at Happy. She has worked at Happy since 2016, and is responsible for Happy's marketing strategy, website, social media and more. Claire first heard about Happy in 2012 when she attended a mix of IT and personal development courses. These courses were life-changing and she has been a fan of Happy ever since. She has a personal blog at

More by Claire