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Something doesn’t seem right to you when you’re looking at the $74.15 for the Korean Beef Satays shown in the PivotTable below. How would you go about inspecting the records that contributed to this value?
It is not possible to do this easily.
Go back to the source data table and filter the records consistently to show only Appetizers for the Category column, Korean Beef Satays for the Item Name column and 2 for the Week column.
Double click the cell that contains the $74.15 value (highlighted in yellow).
If someone sent you a PivotTable, but deleted the original data source, how could you go about re-creating that data source?
Remove all row, column and report filters, remove all but one field from the values area of the PivotTable, and double click that value cell.
Right click any value in the PivotTable and choose “Show Details”.
The Show Details feature is very useful, but easy to accidentally trigger when using a PivotTable. If you wanted to prevent your users from accidentally drilling in to a data set and littering the workbook with extra worksheets, how would you do it?
Delete the original data table.
Go to PivotTable Options > Data > uncheck the “Enable Show Details” checkbox.
Turn on Excel’s worksheet protection feature to protect the PivotTable.
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