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In this comprehensive guide, we will explore everything you need to know about the GETPIVOTDATA function in Excel. This function is designed to help you extract data from a PivotTable, allowing you to create customized reports and perform advanced data analysis. By the end of this article, you will have a deep understanding of the GETPIVOTDATA function, its syntax, examples, tips and tricks, common mistakes, troubleshooting, and related formulae.


The GETPIVOTDATA function has the following syntax:

=GETPIVOTDATA(data_field, pivot_table, [field1, item1], [field2, item2], …)

Here’s a breakdown of the arguments:

  1. data_field: This is the name of the value field you want to retrieve data from. It should be enclosed in double quotes.
  2. pivot_table: This is a reference to any cell within the PivotTable from which you want to extract data.
  3. [field1, item1], [field2, item2], …: These are optional pairs of field names and item names that help you specify the exact data you want to retrieve. You can include as many field-item pairs as needed to narrow down the data you want to extract.


Let’s look at some examples to better understand how the GETPIVOTDATA function works.

Example 1: Suppose you have a PivotTable that shows the total sales by region and product category. You want to find the total sales for the “Electronics” category in the “North” region. You can use the following formula:

=GETPIVOTDATA(“Total Sales”, A1, “Region”, “North”, “Category”, “Electronics”)

In this example, “Total Sales” is the data_field, A1 is a cell within the PivotTable, “Region” and “Category” are the field names, and “North” and “Electronics” are the corresponding item names.

Example 2: If you want to find the average sales for the “South” region, you can use the following formula:

=GETPIVOTDATA(“Average Sales”, A1, “Region”, “South”)

Here, “Average Sales” is the data_field, A1 is a cell within the PivotTable, and “Region” and “South” are the field and item names, respectively.


Here are some tips and tricks to help you get the most out of the GETPIVOTDATA function:

  1. Use cell references instead of hardcoded values for field and item names. This makes your formula more dynamic and easier to update.
  2. If you want to turn off the automatic creation of GETPIVOTDATA formulas when you click on a cell within a PivotTable, go to PivotTable Options > Options tab > Generate GetPivotData, and uncheck the box.
  3. Use the GETPIVOTDATA function in combination with other Excel functions to create more advanced calculations and custom reports.

Common Mistakes When Using GETPIVOTDATA

Here are some common mistakes users make when working with the GETPIVOTDATA function:

  1. Not enclosing the data_field, field names, and item names in double quotes.
  2. Using an incorrect cell reference for the pivot_table argument.
  3. Not specifying the correct field and item names, or not using the correct syntax for field-item pairs.

Why Isn’t My GETPIVOTDATA Working?

If your GETPIVOTDATA function isn’t working as expected, consider the following troubleshooting steps:

  1. Double-check the syntax of your formula and make sure you have enclosed all text values in double quotes.
  2. Ensure that the pivot_table argument is referencing a cell within the PivotTable.
  3. Verify that the field and item names you have specified are correct and match the names in the PivotTable.
  4. Check for any errors in the PivotTable itself, such as missing data or incorrect calculations.

GETPIVOTDATA: Related Formulae

Here are some related Excel functions that can be used in conjunction with GETPIVOTDATA for more advanced data analysis:

  1. SUMIFS: This function allows you to sum data based on multiple criteria.
  2. AVERAGEIFS: This function calculates the average of data that meets multiple criteria.
  3. COUNTIFS: This function counts the number of cells that meet multiple criteria.
  4. INDEX: This function returns the value of a cell in a specified range, based on its row and column number.
  5. MATCH: This function searches for a specified value in a range and returns its relative position.

By combining GETPIVOTDATA with these related functions, you can create powerful and flexible data analysis tools in Excel.


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