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Excel 2010 Data Analysis


The popularity of Excel around the world needs no explanation. It includes almost all the features to satisfy the needs of professionals. Microsoft Excel also bundles strong features for statistical and engineering calculations. All such features are called Data Analysis techniques and Excel contains the Data Analysis (aka. Analysis Toolpak ) tab.

How To Enable Data Analysis ( Analysis Toolpak)

Data Analysis(Analysis Toolpak) is an add-in for Microsoft Excel which is disabled by default. To enable it click the Office button, then go to Options.

Excel 2010 Options

Click on the Add-Ins option and you will see Analysis ToolPak option in the list. Hit the Go button at the bottom.

Analysis Toolpak Now select the Analysis Toolpak option and click OK to complete the configuration.

Analysis  ToolPak Excel 2010

How To Access Data Analysis

Once you have enabled it, go to the Data tab and locate the Data Analysis option under the Analysis category.

Launch Data Analysis

A Bird’s Eye View Of Data Analysis

In order to use the Data Analysis feature of Excel, you must be familiar with Engineering and Statistical terminology. Hit the Data Analysis option and it will launch the screenshot as shown below. Now choose the appropriate option and Excel will process your data according to the option that you selected.

Data Analysis Followings is the list of Engineering and statistical functions which you can perform with the Data Analysis option.

  • Anova: Single Factor
  • Anova: Two-Factor with Replication
  • Anova: Two-Factor Without Replication
  • Correlation
  • Covariance
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Exponential Smoothing
  • F-Test Two Sample for Variance
  • Fourier Analysis
  • Histogram
  • Moving Average
  • Random Number Generation
  • Rank and Percents
  • Regression
  • Sampling
  • t-Test: Paired Two Sample for Means
  • t-Test: Two-Sample Assuming Equal Variances
  • t-Test: Two-Sample Assuming Unequal Variances
  • Z-Test: Two-Samples for Mean

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  • Ross

    THANKS SO MUCH!!! I’ve been trying to figure out why I couldn’t do this for a while.

  • Lacey

    Thanks for posting this! I’m pretty frusterated. I’m taking Advanced Statistics for school and our textbook has instructions for Excel 2007 and earlier, and 2010 is a whole new monster, so this was VERY helpful!

  • Amer

    Thank you. I was about to give up until I found this post. Now I can do my homework 🙂

    • Julie

      Me, too!

  • vipul chavda

    i was confused regarding the use of excel 2010 in reasearch like t-test and z test. anova n all. this virtually solved all my probs.
    thanks again

  • nila

    i followed the step given here but still i don’t find data analysis in my data ribbon. what should i do?

    • Abc

      go to the data tap on excel, at the end you will find out data analysis

  • Lulu

    This was very helpful. Thanks a lot. I could not find the right function for the last month and this has helped me.

  • Eric

    Thank you so much!!!!

  • Allie

    Thank you so much this was extremely helpful!!

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  • Valerie

    Thank you so much for this post, my professor only gave instruction for how to use ANOVA on Excel 2003 and 2007. I was wonder why I didn’t have a Data Analysis in my toolbar. This was very helpful.

  • Vikki Manogg

    I too followed these steps but don’t find the Data Analysis on my ribbon – help

    • guest

      I have a mac and had no luck finding it either.

  • JJamison

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JJamison

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jacob374

    Thank you thank you thank you

  • Abi

    thanq u sir 🙂

  • Henk

    You’re the man!! Thanks!

  • Nguyenthuy151

    thanks very much!!!

  • Luke


  • Ankur Prod

    thank you so much

  • Xran42

    this helps me so much, ive spent like hours to figure out where the “TOOL” is lol. homework.. 

  • guest

    GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!!!!!!! u have no idea how much you have helped me right now…thank you soooo much!!!!!!!

  • Dee

    Thank you very much.. Now I can do my assignments. Love you…

  • Shri

    Thanks so much for giving information 

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  • vander

    Why i can’t find Add-in button in Option there? 

    • Edouard

      because you don’t have excel commercial so you can’t use anova

  • Soundharya leakha

    thanks alot

  • Alicianeille

    Thanks!!! Have been wracking my brain for hours trying to do this! And project is in, in 3 days! You are simply a life saver!!! 🙂

  • Sadeldin59

    thank you a lot, helpful information  

  • zahra

    Realy goooooooooood
    Thanks a lot…

  • LION


  • Jake

    Very helpful, thanks.

  • Biddser

    Fair Play Buddy

  • tb

    thanks 🙂

  • sunny boy

    many thanks, it is really help a lot.

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  • Julia

    Guys you are great!!!! Thanks a lot

  • rajnish

    thank you for suggestion for instlling data analysis sir

  • Laz

    Than you. It has really made my day.

  • Sarah

    Thank you very much for taking the time to help people when you don’t even get paid for your work.

  • paul kayemba

    am moved and can proceed now

  • my defense is this afternoon and I just found this post this morning! Thank you very much!!

  • salman Rahi

    thanks its v help full through this i mad my assignment easily thanks alot

  • Liz

    I completed the Add-in but I do not see Data Analysis (or Solver) – all I see is What If Analysis – please help

  • Liz

    I completed the Add-in but I do not see Data Analysis (or Solver) – all I see is What If Analysis – please help

  • Raj


  • stephen

    Love it …

  • Laura

    Thank you….like Amer I was about to give up…thanks again.

  • Pratik

    I am not able to get intercepts while performing multiple regression analysis. Please help

  • Chita

    Hello, I have Ms 2010 and I have been doing as above million times but it doesn’t work. Data analysis did not show on tool bar. It doesn’t ask me to install. Once I click OK then it gone. When I check on Add-ins it shows that it already active. Is anyone can help me please…

  • Kyroman

    Thank you! We’ve spent lots on time with SPSS while it is all so easy in Excel!

  • Tee

    thank you, thank you.

  • Ah

    could you please tell me how to smooth data by Excel

  • Make

    Thank’s a lot! It was very helpfull. I have an old version of excel at my job, and was so dissapointed by my new one.

  • catherine

    i did every step until analysis toolpack-go but still cannot find data analysis or analysis anywhere!!??

  • Kevin

    Thanks! My prof. uses Excel 2007 while I have 2010, I didn’t know how to access it until now.

  • waqa

    wat about excel starter….where can u find it….

  • Angel

    Great Job…

  • Chris

    Thank you! this really helped me out

  • Kevin

    At last, after countless hours trying to understand why all the posts for producing bell curves refered to the data anlysis section…..which of course didn’t exist until I came across this invaluable information. Many, many thanks, greatly appreciated. I can’t help wondering why this isn’t made public knowledge or referenced more clearly in Excel. What the heck I have it now…well done you guys!

  • leaof

    thank you very much. But now I’m still can’t understand it. hixxx . ohhh my homework

  • PharmGeek

    It’s pretty frustrating to hide this several menues deep. With all the customization availabel in this version, how do I add frequently used functions, like regression analysis, to a top level toolbar?

  • Catherine

    I know people have already said thank you, but what i should actually say is you are the boom

  • really glad student

    excellent!!!!! 10/10

  • Poli

    Thank a lot! Very useful and well described. THANKS!

  • amna

    data analysis option is not showing in my excel 2010 even after this above process and i need it too much 🙁

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  • Christy Wolf

    Very helpful! Still works for me today, thank you!