In This Chapter
Excel’s pivot table feature is, arguably, the most innovative and powerful feature in Excel. 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. We 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 is 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 8.1 shows a simple worksheet range that contains four fields: SalesRep, Region, Month, and Sales. Each record describes the sales for a particular sales representative in a particular month.