Expanding PivotTable Rows to Sheets

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 6, 2015)


Aziz once accidently pressed something while working with a PivotTable, which then expanded every row in the PivotTable to its own sheet. After he got over the surprise, he found that this was very helpful in examining his data. Problem is, he cannot figure out what it was that he accidently pressed so that he can again do this on other PivotTables.

There are actually a couple of ways to expand the data in a PivotTable, but none of them involve keyboard shortcuts. One way to expand the data is to double-click on a value in the PivotTable. Excel creates a new worksheet that provides detail for the value on which you clicked. For example, if you double-click on a value in a row of the PivotTable, then Excel creates a worksheet that contains all the values that make up that original row value. (Remember that PivotTables are used to consolidate information; they provide totals of information, so double-clicking "expands" that total so you can see what makes it up.)

Also, if you double-click on a grand total in a PivotTable, Excel creates worksheets for each row that is included in that grand total. (This sounds the closest to what happened with Aziz.)

There is another way to expand information in a PivotTable, through the use of Report Filter pages. When you create a PivotTable, if you put a field within the Report Filters section of the PivotTable, then you can later expand information to multiple worksheets based on that field. Follow these steps:

  1. Create your PivotTable as you normally would, but make sure there is at least one field in the Report Filter section of the table.
  2. Display the Options tab of the ribbon. (This tab is only visible when you select a cell within your PivotTable.)
  3. In the PivotTable group, at the left of the ribbon, click the Options drop-down list and choose Show Report Filter Pages. Excel displays a dialog box that lists all the fields in the Report Filter section of the PivotTable.
  4. Select the field you want to use for the data expansion and then click on OK.

At this point, Excel creates separate PivotTable worksheets for each of the discrete values in the field you selected in step 4. (For some data sets, this can be quite a few worksheets.)

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Author Bio

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 five less than 8?

2015-12-05 03:07:51

Vaman Shenoy

When I enter numeric value it gets automatically converted into date. Then I have to change it to number. Please help me resolve

2015-10-25 11:21:35


Is there a way of showing the calculated fields as a list beside the pivot table as opposed to it opening in a separate sheet when you double click on it.

2015-09-24 17:55:39


Can those new sheets be dynamically updated? I mad a change to the orginal data but even when I do a refresh on the pivot table, the data in those drill down sheets never updates.

2014-08-13 14:23:18


Is there a way to generate the worksheets sorted in a certain order?

2014-08-11 11:21:07


Here is a link that explains how to create an Auto delete for the "drill down sheets.

2014-06-09 05:54:32


When we double click the Pivot Table Row it will create a new sheet showing all the data based on rowID. is it possible to name the Sheet created same as RowID.

2014-05-01 09:17:21

Surendera M. Bhanot

Good Information on Pivot Table. Would like to use it in future.

2014-04-30 13:54:27

Jignesh pandya

by double clicking data excel generates new worksheet after viewing data
i want to delete this sheet using keyboard

2013-05-23 14:33:49


I see that Excel creates new worksheets every time you double click on a value in a pivot table but it is annoying that you have to manually delete the new worksheet(s) manually if you don't need the additional information on a permanent basis.

2012-10-15 09:54:52


When I double click on a grand total, I don't get a worksheet for each row -- I get one worksheet that has all the rows on it. Am I reading you incorrectly?

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