Do you use Pivot Tables? What do you use them for & where do you struggle [Survey]

If you like to analyze data, then you would fall in love with Pivot Tables on first sight. Pivot tables are a powerful, dead-simple & lovely way to play with your data, automate your reports and save time.

That said, not all of us know how to use them or how to get them to do what we want. So today I am presenting a small survey to know more about you and how you use Pivot Tables. It takes no more than 2 minutes and helps me in making you more awesome. Please finish the survey below.

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4 Responses to “Do you use Pivot Tables? What do you use them for & where do you struggle [Survey]”

  1. Javhaa says:

    Hello chandoo

    Range A1 : A10 (*every cell contains formula)

    A1 | Mumbai
    A2 | Chennai
    A3 |
    A4 | Delhi
    A5 | Kolkata
    A6 |
    A7 | Bangalore
    A8 |
    A9 | Hyderabad
    A10 | Kerala

    data validation -----> Allow ------> List------> Source---->"A1:A10"

    after applying the datavalidation ,I can see the drop down list with data as well as blank cells (i.e, A3, A6, A8)

    how to remove that blank cells in drop down list

    Please Help me

  2. jason says:

    Javhaa: I believe you will have to remove the blank cells from the datavalidation list range... not 100% sure, but havent heard/found another option.

    furthermore, is there a particular reason you need those cells to be blank? How do you use them in the Dropdown list? ...there may be another/better option for you.

  3. Robert says:


    this may be not the most elegant solution of doing it, but here is one possible solution:

    A helper column with an array formula (array entered across all cells) sorts the empty strings to the bottom of the list. A named formula uses OFFSET to limit the input range to those values in the helper column which have texts. The named formula is then used as the input range of the data validation list:


    As I said, for sure not the best possible way of doing it, but it works.


  4. Jeff says:

    I use pivot tables every day, 95% of the time I use them for analysis on OLAP Cube data sets created in SQL Analysis Services. I would love to see examples of VBA for automation as to connectivity, templates/dashboards and graphs using pivot tables connected to Analysis Services cubes etc.

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