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Here is How to Update a Pivot Table in Excel

An Excel pivot table doesn’t update automatically. However, by FIRST putting our data into a table (not Pivot Table) and naming the entire table, we can update the table and this will automatically update the Pivot Table once we click Refresh. The steps below will walk through the process of Updating a Pivot Table in Excel.

Figure 1- How to Update a Pivot Table in Excel

Setting up the Data

  • We will open a New excel sheet
  • We will input dates when sales were made in Column A and the corresponding Sales Amount in Column B

Figure 2- Setting up the Data

  • We will click on anywhere on the table, click on the Insert tab, and click on Table as shown in figure 3

Figure 3- Putting the data in a Table

  • We will click on OK on the dialog box that appears

Figure 4- Create Table Dialog Box

Figure 5- Created Table

  • We will click on the box below Table Name under File in Figure 5 and name the Table as Sales_Data
  • We will press enter after inserting the name
  • Now, we will create a Pivot Table with the Data

Creating the Pivot Table

  • We will click on anywhere on the table
  • We will click on the Insert tab and click on Pivot Table as shown in figure 3

Figure 6- Creating the Pivot Table

  • We will click on existing worksheet and specify the Location where the Pivot table will start from (Sheet1!$D$3)
  • We will click on OK
  • We will select the fields we want to add to the Pivot Table (Dates and Sales Amount)

Figure 7- Selecting the Pivot Table Fields

Figure 8- Pivot Table

Updating the Pivot Table

Let us add two more dates to the data and the corresponding sales amount as shown in figure 9.

Figure 9- Adding to the Data

  • To update the Pivot Table, we will simply right-click on anywhere within THE PIVOT TABLE and click on REFRESH

Figure 10- Prompt message to Update table or not

  • We will click on YES

Figure 11- Updated Pivot table

  • We will notice that the Grand Total has changed

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