Moving Average in Microsoft Excel

Moving Average is an analytical tool in Microsoft Excel which is used to recognize the ongoing trend in the data and it helps in forecasting.

This tool is commonly used in several business to move an average of 3 months sales and present the report in excel chart

The Moving Average function is part of Add INS in Microsoft Excel 2010 and 2013.

To access this tool click on Data Tab, click on Data Analysis in the Analysis group. If the Data Analysis command is not available then you need to load the Analysis Toolpak.

How to Install Analysis ToolPak in Excel For Mac and Windows

Analysis toolpak of excel contains very helpful tools for statistical, financial, and engineering data analysis.

As the article suggests, today we will learn how to add Analysis ToolPak in Excel For Mac and Windows PCs. So lets get started.

How to Add Analysis ToolPak in Excel 2016 in Windows?

To install Analysis toolPak in Excel 2016 follow these steps.

  1. Click on file.
  2. Click on option. You’ll see excel option dialog box.
  3. Click on Add-Ins. It is on the left, second option from bottom.
  4. Locate Analysis ToolPack and click on it.
  5. In the bottom, you must be able to see manage drop down. Select Excel-Add-ins and click on Go button.
  6. All available Add-ins will be shown to you. Select Analysis Toolpak and click OK.

Analysis ToolPak is added now. You can see it in Data tab in the right most corner.

How to Add Analysis ToolPak in Excel 2016 for Mac?

To install Analysis toolpak in Excel for Mac, follow below steps.

  1. Goto tools or Insert menu.
  2. Locate Add-Ins and Click on it.
  3. You’ll be prompted to choose from available add-ins. Select Analysis Toolpak.
  4.  Click Ok

Analysis Toolpak is added. Goto data tab. In the rightmost corner you’ll find Analysis Toolpak waiting for you.

Analysis Toolpak has a number of useful statistical tools that we will explore in our that we have explored in analysis tutorials.

Let’s come back on the topic, to generate the moving average report take an example. We have sales data month wise in the range A1:B13. In which column A contains Month name and column B sales.

To use theMoving Average tool, follow below mentioned steps:-

  • Go to Data Tab.
  • Click on Data Analysis in the Analyses group.
  • Data Analysis dialog box will appear.
  • From the Analysis tool drop down menu select Moving Average and click on ok.
  • You will get another Moving Averagedialog box will appear.
  • Click on Input range. Select the range C2:C13.
  • Tick on Output Range and select the cell where you want to show the summary.
  • Tick on the chart output in the box.
  • Click on ok.

We can see the sales performance trend in above snapshot in just one click by using the Moving Average tool in Microsoft Excel.

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