Select Pivot Table Function From Worksheet Drop Down

Last week, Chandoo interviewed me for his Online Excel VBA School, and we talked about using VBA with Excel Pivot Tables.

If you drop a field into the Values area, and that field contains blank cells or text, it’s added as “Count of”, instead of “Sum of”.


With a macro, you can quickly change all the fields from Count to Sum, instead of fixing each pivot table summary function manually.

Select a Summary Function

One way to let users change the function is to create a drop down list of functions on the worksheet. Then, event code runs when the cell changes, and the selected function is shown in the pivot table.


The cell with the drop down list is named FuncSel, as you can see in the NameBox in the screen shot above.

On another sheet, that could be hidden from the users, there is a list of functions, and a formula that looks up the numeric value for each function. The cell with the formula is named FuncSelCode.


How It Works

When the FuncSel cell is changed, the Worksheet_Change code on that sheet runs.

Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
If Target.Address = Me.Range("FuncSel").Address Then
    ChangeAllData (wksLists.Range("FuncSelCode").Value)
End If
End Sub

The ChangeAllData procedure runs, using the numeric value in the FuncSelCode cell, and changes all the data fields in the pivot table.

Sub ChangeAllData(lFn As Long)
'changes data fields to selected function
On Error GoTo errHandler
Dim pt As PivotTable
Dim pf As PivotField
Dim ws As Worksheet

Application.ScreenUpdating = False

Set pt = wksPTSales.PivotTables(1)
On Error GoTo errHandler

pt.ManualUpdate = True
For Each pf In pt.DataFields
  pf.Function = lFn
Next pf
pt.ManualUpdate = False

Set pf = Nothing
Set pt = Nothing

Application.ScreenUpdating = True
Exit Sub

GoTo exitHandler

End Sub

Download the Sample File

To see the code, and test it with the sample data, you can download the Pivot Table Summary Function Change workbook. The file is in Excel 2007 format, and zipped. Enable macros when you open the file.


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9 Responses

  1. Gerald Strever says:

    Hi Debra
    This isn’t Excel – this is magic! Thank you for this (and the other great stuff you post)
    Best regards
    Gerald Strever

  2. Philippe BÉRARD says:

    Very good tip, indeed.
    Is it possible to change the count function to a more standard sum function at the creation of the PT ?

    Thanks for your always very helpful blog.

    With best regards


  3. Philippe BÉRARD says:

    Perhaps a improvement to include : the modification of the field name depending the selected function …
    It’s indeed a bit strange to read “Sum of dollars” as field name when the function “Count” is selected.

    Best regards


  4. Thanks Gerald! Glad you like it.

  5. @Philippe, if you are creating the pivot table with VBA, you can add code to change all the data fields to Sum.

  6. @Philippe, the headings should change automatically when the function changes. Perhaps there is a problem with the headings if a non-English version of Excel is used.

  7. sam says:

    When I right click on a cell in a pivot I get this I wonder why :-)

  8. Kevin Shearer says:

    I think that this is fantastic, however, I was wondering if there is a way to further enhance this by putting in multiple criteria, for example, include Top 10, and/or month.

  9. mfexcel says:

    I knew that there should be a way doing this by VBA… Thanks for sharing!

    As a non-VBA user, I have to do it by filling all the “gap” with 0 before I create the Pivot Table. Luckily by using Go to Special – Blank -> 0 -> Ctrl Enter, it can be done within seconds. :)

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