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Creating a Pivot Table
Pivot table terminology
Understanding the terminology associated with pivot tables is the first step in mastering this
feature. Refer to the accompanying figure to get your bearings.
Column labels: A field that has a column orientation in the pivot table. Each item in the
field occupies a column. In the figure, Customer represents a column field that contains
two items (Existing and New). You can have nested column fields.
Grand total: A row or column that displays totals for all cells in a row or column in a pivot
table. You can specify that grand totals be calculated for rows, columns, or both (or
neither). The pivot table in the figure shows grand totals for both rows and columns.
Group: A collection of items treated as a single item. You can group items manually or
automatically (group dates into months, for example). The pivot table in the figure does
not have any defined groups.
Item: An element in a field that appears as a row or column header in a pivot table. In the
figure, Existing and New are items for the Customer field. The Branch field has three items:
Central, North County, and Westside. AcctType has four items: CD, Checking, IRA, and Savings.
Refresh: Recalculates the pivot table after making changes to the source data.
Row labels: A field that has a row orientation in the pivot table. Each item in the field
occupies a row. You can have nested row fields. In the figure, Branch and AcctType both
represent row fields.
 
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