How to Use Pivot Table Field Settings and Value Field Setting

Pivot table is one of the most powerful tools of Excel. It allows you to quickly summarize a large chunk of organized data. But sometimes the values and fields pivot table created by default is not really required. By default, Excel Pivot table shows sum of numbers if you drag a number column to the value field. You may not want the sum but average, or min, or max, etc… In that case you would need to access pivot value field settings.

In this article, I will tell you how you can access value field settings and field settings. 

I have a pivot table here. Have a look at it.


The table shows the summary of data I have. It shows the total sales done by each region. But instead of total sales, I want to get the average sales. For that I will need to access the value field settings.

Accessing Value Field Settings

To access Value Field Settings, right click on any value field in the pivot table. A list of options will be displayed. At the end of the list (most 3rd from last) you will see value field settings. Click on it and a dialog box will appear.


Another way to access value field settings is the area where we drop fields for the pivot table.

You can go to the values area. Click on the small arrow head. As the last option, you will see Value Fields Settings.

You can also use the Pivot Table Analyze menu from Ribbon to access value field settings. It is the second option in the Pivot Table Analyze menu. Just make sure that you have a value field selected.

Now that you have accessed the value field settings, you can modify the field using the available options. For our example, we needed the average of sales done by each region. So we change the summarized value fields by to Average. You can also change the name of the field here.


You can see one more tab here that is "Show Value As". Here you can choose to show value as a percentage of total or difference between two columns, rank etc.

Accessing The Field Setting

Field Settings allows you to modify the structure of the table. Field settings can be accessed by right clicking on any row, column heading or subheading.


Another way is the dropping area of fields. Similar to the value field settings, you can click on the little arrow head on the rows, or columns section to open the field settings.

Another way to access the field settings is the pivot table analysis tab of ribbon, same as the value field settings.

From field settings to pivot tables, you modify the subtotals of the pivot table, change the layout and print settings. You can choose to show items in tabular format or not, choose to repeat item labels or not. Choose to insert a blank line after each item label or not. Choose to show items with no data or not.

So yeah, this is how you can access field settings and value field settings in Excel Pivot Tables. I hope this helped you. If you have any doubt regarding this article or have any other questions related to Excel/VBA, let me know in the comments section below.

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