Pivot tables in Excel are excellent tools for analyzing data. They help you to aggregate, summarize, finding insights and presenting a large amount of data in just a few clicks, including calculating a percentage from given data.

You can create and modify pivot tables very quickly. You can create calculated fields in a pivot table that help expand your analysis with more data. Though it has some limitations, calculated fields are a great way to find new insights from pivot tables.

### Calculating percentage in the pivot table

In this example, you have the beverage sales data of eleven items for the 3rd quarter of the year.

To create the Pivot Table and apply conditional formatting, you need to perform the following steps:

- Click anywhere in the data.
- Go to
**Insert > Recommended PivotTables**. Scroll down and select the one that says**Sum of Sales by Items and Month.** - Click
**OK**.

You will have the pivot table with the **Sales** for the **Items** for each Month.

To calculate % of Sales for each month, you need to do the following:

- Click on pivot builder the entry
**Sum of Sales**and select**Value Field Settings.** - In the
**Value Field Settings**window, on the**Show Values As**tab, choose**% of Column Total.** - Click
**OK**.

This would show the sales for each item as the percentage of total monthly sales.

### Create the calculated field in the pivot table

A calculated field is a column generated by the data in the pivot table. For this example, we will use the sales and profit data for the eleven items during the 4^{th} quarter of the year.

From this, we have the pivot table **Sum of Sales and Profits** for the **Items.**

To add the profit margin for each item:

- Click on any cell in the Pivot Table.
- Go to
**(Pivot Table Tools) Analyze > Fields, Items, & Sets > Calculated Field.** - In the
**Insert Calculated Field**dialog box,- Assign a name in the
**Name**field. - In the
**Formula**field, insert the formula`=Profit / Sales`

by clicking on the**Insert Field**button from the**Fields**box.

- Assign a name in the
- Click
**ADD**and then**OK**.

### Limitation of the calculated fields in the pivot table when calculating a percentage

Calculated fields in pivot table have some limitations. A calculated field is always performed against the **SUM** of the data. This limits you from using a lot of functions. Furthermore, you cannot use any functions that require cell references or defined names as an argument. This rules out functions like **COUNT, AVERAGE, IF, AND, NOT**, and **OR**.

In the following example, you will use the Clayton High School Track and Field club’s event record for the past six months. It includes the **Event**, **Names** and **Win** records. You will calculate the count of wins as a percentage for the count of athletes based on the events.

From this, we have the pivot table **Count of Name and Win.**

To find the count of wins as a percentage for the count of athletes based on events at first, you will try with a calculated field. Add a calculated field like the previous section named **Win Percentage** and having the formula =Win / Name.

As calculated field only performs calculations against the SUM of data, we get a #DIV/0 error.

To overcome this issue, you need to follow the next steps:

- Make sure you have Power Pivot enabled in
**File > Options > Add-Ins.** - Click
**COM Add-ins**in the**Manage box >**Click**Go.** - Check the box for
**Microsoft Office Power Pivot >**click**OK**. Select the**Power Pivot add-in for Excel**if you have other versions of power pivot installed.

From the Events_Record worksheet, go to **Power Pivot > Manage.**

You will use Data analysis expression (DAX) to create calculated fields in Power Pivot. DAX is used to add calculations. A measure is a formula that is created specifically for use in a pivot table that uses data in the Power Pivot. You will use the measure in the Values area of the pivot table.

- In the Power Pivot window, Click
**Home> View> Calculation Area.** - Click on an empty cell in the
**Calculation Area.** - In the formula bar, at the top of the table, enter the formula,
`% of wins := DIVIDE(CALCULATE(COUNTA([Win]),FILTER(Table1,Table1[Win]="Y")),COUNTA([Name]),0)`

- Press
**Enter**to accept the formula. - Click anywhere in the Power Pivot data. Go to
**Home > PivotTable.** - In the
**Create PivotTable**dialogue box, check**New Worksheet**. - In the resulting pivot table worksheet, expand
**Table1**in the**PivotTable Fields**Menu on the right. Drag**Events**to the**Row**field.**Name**,**Win**and**fx % of wins**to the**Values**field. - Right-click anywhere in the
**% of wins**column in the pivot table. Select**Value Field Settings > Show Values As > Number Format > Percentage.**Click**OK**twice.

This will show the count of wins as a percentage for the count of athletes based on the events.

Pivot tables are a great way to summarize and aggregate data to model and present it. You can now visualize and report data in the blink of an eye. Dashboards and other features have made gaining insights very simple using pivot tables. Calculated fields in the pivot table is a great way to create formulas to add a sum of columns. However, you need to be careful using calculated fields as it limits the use of many functions. Using DAX is an alternative to overcome some of these limitations.

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