Remove Sum of in Pivot Table Headings

When you're building a pivot table, if you add fields to the Values area, Excel automatically adds "Sum of" or "Count of" to the start of the field name. You can manually remove that text, or use macros to quickly change the headings. There is one macro example here, and more on my Contextures website.

Continue reading "Remove Sum of in Pivot Table Headings"

Copy a Pivot Table Custom Style to Different Workbook

How can you copy a pivot table custom style to a different workbook? There isn't a built-in way to do that, but there is a workaround solution. There are instructions that worked in Excel 2013, and earlier versions (way back to Excel 2007). Those stopped working, unfortunately, but there's an easy way to do this in Excel 2016 too.

Continue reading "Copy a Pivot Table Custom Style to Different Workbook"

Hockey Player Data Analysis in Excel

Congratulations to the USA Women's Hockey team, who won the Olympic gold medal. They beat our Canadian team, in a hard-fought game that went into overtime, and ended with a shootout. The team rosters were available online, so I used those for a hockey player data analysis, in Excel pivot tables. Is there anything in the player data that shows why the USA team won?

Continue reading "Hockey Player Data Analysis in Excel"

Excel Budget Report with Value Selector

Instead of showing a budget's forecast, actual and variance data all at once, click a button to view the values one at a time. That makes the report easier to read, and takes less space on the worksheet. See how this technique works in my Budget Reporter with value selector workbook.

Continue reading "Excel Budget Report with Value Selector"

Problem Grouping Pivot Table Items

If you try to group pivot table items in Excel, you might get an error message that says, "Cannot group that selection." For older versions of Excel, if you had a problem grouping pivot table items, it was usually caused by blank cells, or text in number/date fields. For Excel 2013 and later, there's another thing that can prevent you from grouping.

Continue reading "Problem Grouping Pivot Table Items"

Scroll Through Filter Items in Excel Table

To see specific data in an Excel Table, you can select an item from the drop down filter in a column heading. Someone asked me if there was a way to scroll through the items, instead of opening the filter list each time. This technique uses a pivot table, which could be hidden on a different sheet, and a spin button, to go up or down in the list of items.

Continue reading "Scroll Through Filter Items in Excel Table"