Chapter 17: Working with Pivot Tables

IN THIS CHAPTER

Creating pivot tables with VBA

Looking at examples of VBA procedures that create pivot tables

Using VBA to create a worksheet table from a summary table

An Introductory Pivot Table Example

Excel's pivot table feature is, arguably, its most innovative and powerful feature. Pivot tables first appeared in Excel 5, and the feature has been improved in every subsequent version. This chapter is not an introduction to pivot tables. I assume that you're familiar with this feature and its terminology and that you know how to create and modify pivot tables manually.

As you probably know, creating a pivot table from a database or list enables you to summarize data in ways that otherwise would not be possible — and it's amazingly fast and requires no formulas. You also can write VBA code to generate and modify pivot tables.

This section gets the ball rolling with a simple example of using VBA to create a pivot table.

Figure 17-1 shows a very simple worksheet range. It contains four fields: SalesRep, Region, Month, and Sales. Each record describes the sales for a particular sales representative in a particular month.

on_the_cd.eps This workbook, named simple pivot table.xlsm, is available on the companion CD-ROM.

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FIGURE 17-1: This table is a good ...

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