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Pivottable Slicers


Pivottables are one of the most powerful data analysis features Excel has to offer. From version to version, Microsoft have added functionality to this feature. The number of additions and their usefulness differ from version to version of course. Amongst the additions and updates for Excel 2010 are Pivottable Slicers. In this article I'll discuss how you can put slicers to work.


Other sources

Microsoft Excel - Easy (and Even Fun!) Data Exploration: Introducing Excel 2010 Slicers

Microsoft Excel - Interacting with Slicers


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Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (4/3/2013 1:19:22 PM)

Hi Ana,

I don't think you can change the order. I tried with an existing pivot table, but failed.

In the properties of the slicer you can set the sort order to be the same as in the data source. Perhaps that helps?


Comment by: Wayne (6/17/2013 7:36:25 PM)

I have a pivot table/chart that I have connected to 4 slicers. The slicers are for different levels of data on the chart: District, manager, lead-office, and office. When a district (manager, etc) is selected in a slicer, I want the other slicers to grey out members that do not belong in the selected grouping. I have one column label field in pivot that includes some calculated items. All of this works until one of the calculated items is selected in pivot, then all the slicers lose their ability to grey out non-selected groupings. When calulated items are deselected, this ability returns.

Column label field selections are done through combo boxes and VB code. This is limit choices to desired items.
Slicer fileds are all in the report filter section of pivot.
Data is MS query cannection to an Access database.
Calulated items are ratios.
There is one row label field.
Data query is very large(over 1/2 million rows).

I need slicers to keep filter ability even with calculaed items. Is there a property I can set to keep filters working on calculated items? Or another way to get the desired filtering to work? Any ideas?


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (6/17/2013 7:55:45 PM)

Hi Wayne,

I would try to move the calculation form the pivot table to the query.


Comment by: Wayne (6/17/2013 8:23:47 PM)

Calculations are ratios and can't be calculated until after level is selected.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (6/18/2013 10:32:17 AM)

Hi Wayne,

In that case I guess you are limited to what Excel delivers, which isn't very useful in this case!


Comment by: Rachit (10/23/2013 12:56:46 AM)

Hello there,

Excel is not letting me refresh a pivot if there is a slicer is attached to there a way to work around this?



Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (10/23/2013 3:53:16 PM)

Hi Rachit,

Something else must be wrong here, because a slicer should not prevent a PT from refreshing at all.


Comment by: Kin (8/19/2014 11:11:37 PM)

Just uncheck the slicer and update the pivot. Common Slicer connect to multi pivot table will encounter this error


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