Expanding PivotTable Rows to Sheets

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 7, 2018)

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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 Filters section of the table.
  2. Display either the Options or Analyze tab of the ribbon, depending on your version of Excel. (These tabs are 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. (This option is available only if you are filtering your PivotTable; see step 1.) Excel displays the Show Report Filter Pages dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Show Report Filter Pages dialog box.

  5. Select the field you want to use for the data expansion.
  6. 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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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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2019-04-07 13:50:16

Bo

This happened to me too! I accedentally created a very helpful table without knowing how I did it. Thank you for showing me what to do next time I need it.


2018-05-01 05:09:21

hillp

Excel 2010
almost to what im looking for, but not quite...i just want to list all raw data inside a separate sheet from the master pivot table.

the method that you share above just create another pivot table in every sheet....

think as pivot table to summarize data... and from that summary i want to generate individual sheet of raw data based on the category i analysed in the pivot table

any other option? VBA maybe?


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