Excel - How to Change Pivot Table Data Source - Expert Solution

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I created a pivot table linked to source data in a separate worksheet and the pivot table was distributed to employees. The data had confidential in it that was accidentally included. I thought deleting the sheet with the data source would break the pivot table, but that is not the case. Can I do anything to corrupt the pivot table?
Solved by I. J. in 40 mins
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Excelchat Expert 07/02/2018 - 04:30
Hello, welcome to excel got it pro.
User 07/02/2018 - 04:34
User 07/02/2018 - 04:34
my question is general and not specific to any spreadsheet
Excelchat Expert 07/02/2018 - 04:35
Yes, I understand.
User 07/02/2018 - 04:35
do you have any insight on how I can break an existing pivot table that draws from an external source?
User 07/02/2018 - 04:35
we accidentally included confidential data in the source data
User 07/02/2018 - 04:35
I tried to delete the file
User 07/02/2018 - 04:35
but the pivot table still works
Excelchat Expert 07/02/2018 - 04:36
If you have selected "save source data with file" option when or if it is ticked when sending the file then deleting source data won't affect pivot tables.
Excelchat Expert 07/02/2018 - 04:37
If you have access to those pivot tables, then you can break the relation from the pivot tables to source data.
Excelchat Expert 07/02/2018 - 04:38
Does it help?
Excelchat Expert 07/02/2018 - 04:42
Hello, are you with me?
User 07/02/2018 - 04:44
we already emailed the spreadsheet with the pivot tables
User 07/02/2018 - 04:44
to other employees
User 07/02/2018 - 04:44
can we still break the pivot?
Excelchat Expert 07/02/2018 - 04:47
I'm sorry to say, In that case It is not possible.
Excelchat Expert 07/02/2018 - 04:48
There is nothing you can do only from your side now.
Excelchat Expert 07/02/2018 - 04:51
Since the excel files are standalone and not dependent you have no available options.
Excelchat Expert 07/02/2018 - 04:51
anything else you need to know?
Excelchat Expert 07/02/2018 - 04:54
If not please close the session by clicking on the "end session" button. Please remember that if you don't close the session I am stuck here and won't be able to help others.

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