Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Updating Multiple PivotTables at Once.

Updating Multiple PivotTables at Once

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 23, 2020)

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For certain types of data analysis, PivotTables can be very handy. If you have a workbook that contains several PivotTables, all based on the same data, you may wonder if there is a way to update them all at once, rather than going through them individually and updating them.

There is no Excel command that allows you to update all PivotTables, but you can create a short macro that will do the job for you. The following macro, RefreshAllPivots, steps through each worksheet in a workbook, checks to see if there are any PivotTables, and then updates them if there are.

Sub RefreshAllPivots()
    Dim wks As Worksheet
    Dim pt As PivotTable

    For Each wks In Worksheets
        For Each pt In wks.PivotTables
            pt.RefreshTable
        Next pt
    Next wks
End Sub

If you do a lot of work with multiple PivotTables, you may want to assign the macro to a shortcut key or the Quick Access Toolbar so that you can run it easier.

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ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (5675) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Updating Multiple PivotTables at Once.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is 2 + 9?

2020-07-23 09:45:01

Jen

Seems like this was written at least as far back as 2013, based on the comments, and then has just been republished several times, even though it's outdated information. C'mon Allen, I expected better from you.


2020-07-23 05:00:14

Michael Williams

Dear,

I always use "Refresh All" which I added from the list of all commands to the Quick Access Toolbar. Same result.

Michael


2020-07-23 03:56:27

Mike Hodkinson

Hi Allen

Thanks for sharing.

Another potential way of doing this is to use

ThisWorkbook.RefreshAll

or

ActiveWorkbook.RefreshAll

This code line is very simple and refreshes all Pivot Tables in the workbook and also refreshes all other external connections.

You can add this line in you code after all your VBA code creating Pivot Tables / amending them.


2016-04-29 13:19:18

Michael (Micky) Avidan

@Wim Torfs,
In order to refresh ALL(!) Pivots in the selected Workheet you can use the following Macro:
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Sub RefreshAllPivots()
For Each PT In ActiveWorkSheet.PivotCaches
PT.Refresh
Next
End Sub
---------------------------------------
If you need to refresh multiple pivots in Multiple Sheets - replace the: ActiveWorkSheet with: ActiveWorkbook
--------------------------
Michael (Micky) Avidan
“Microsoft® Answers" - Wiki author & Forums Moderator
“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2016)
ISRAEL


2016-04-28 08:49:13

Wim Torfs

Better place this macro in the sheet with your pivot tables

Private Sub Worksheet_Activate()
ActiveSheet.PivotTables("PivotTable1").PivotCache.Refresh
ActiveSheet.PivotTables("PivotTable2").PivotCache.Refresh
End Sub

Then the pivot tables are automatically refreshed


2016-04-28 08:33:16

Jeaux

LOVE your email tips, but I believe this is outdated. Refresh All works with one click- no need for a macro.


2016-04-28 08:03:27

Ricardo

Philip is right, all you need to do is refresh one, as long as they are linked to the same source data.

In Excel 2003 and previous versions, it also works if you link the second and next pivot tables to another PT.


2016-04-28 07:47:42

Philip

If you set create the 2nd, 3rd, ... pivot table by referring to the first one you create (they're all linking the same set of source data), then refreshing one pivot will refresh all in one go ...


2016-04-28 07:31:16

Michael (Micky) Avidan

As far as I recall, one doesn't need to use a ribbon option.
Hitting: Ctrl+Alt+F5 will "do the job".
--------------------------
Michael (Micky) Avidan
“Microsoft® Answers" - Wiki author & Forums Moderator
“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2016)
ISRAEL


2016-04-28 07:23:54

JoAnn Paules

Refresh All does that and even works on pivot tables on hidden sheets. I use that everyday. I think it was added in Excel 2007.


2015-11-23 14:07:46

kerry

Where do i go to add the macro? How do i do this? is there a link to where i can find this info on your site?
Thanks!


2013-09-25 14:28:26

Art

I don't get it. Why can't you just use the "Refresh All" button in the Data tab? Seems to work for me.


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