How to Create a Pivot Table Based on Multiple Tables in Excel 2013

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Up until recently, if you had data spread across several tables in Microsoft Excel that you wanted to consolidate in a single pivot table, you would have faced a headache-inducing process of manual formatting and data preparation. The most recent version of the software, Excel 2013, fixes this problem by allowing you to create a pivot table from multiple tables automatically -- no manual formatting required. Just follow these steps to get started.

1. Click "Insert" at the top of the screen.

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2. Click the "PivotTable" button on the Ribbon.

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3. Select the first table you want to add to the pivot table.

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4. Check the box labeled "Add this data to the Data Model" and press OK.

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5. Click "All" in the PivotTable Fields window to view all of the tables. Excel automatically detects multiple tables, so you won't need to repeat these steps for each additional table.

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6. Check the boxes of the cells you wish to include in the pivot table.

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7 comments
  • Didn't help me much Says:

    Right, that's cute.... but utterly useless!

  • AprilK Says:

    Ah - I figured out what step was missed. Prior to doing anything, each spreadsheet must created as a "named table". After you have the named tables, once the first table is added to the Data Model, it will then pick up the other one :)

  • AprilK Says:

    Same boat as everyone else....how do we add the additional sheets?

  • Graham Says:

    I must have missed something. How do I add a second, third, etc table to the data model?

  • Jose Mujica Says:

    Are you serious? This can not be helpful
    We're talking to append data

  • HEATHER DESOTEL Says:

    HI-
    If a user with excel 2013 creates a pivot table with multiple sheets that have different columns can a excel 2010 user use it?

  • HeyAdmin Says:

    Like the article, but what if the tables are on different sheets?

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