How to use pivot table styles in Excel

In this article, we will learn How to use the pivot table styles in Excel.


In excel, everyone uses a pivot table to summarize, analyze and visualize data in grouped format. But few want to change the pivot table color, size, font. Rest all of us use the default pivot table style. So if you are frustrated using the same default style every time then you have arrived at the right place after wandering for a long time. Let's learn where to find the pivot table styles and how to use it explained here illustrating an example.

Pivot table styles in Excel

First we need to make a pivot table in excel

Select data > insert a new pivot table. 

Select any value in pivot table > Go to Design > Select any style from the pivot table styles

Example :

All of these might be confusing to understand. Let's understand how to use the function using an example. Here we have data. First we need to insert a new pivot table for the format. To insert the Pivot table for the given data, follow the steps. Select the data > Insert > Pivot table > Click Ok to get new pivot table in new sheet as shown below.

You can view the pivot table in the new sheet. It will be something like shown below.

Now to change its default view. As you can see, as soon as you select any cell from the pivot table. Two new tabs displayed above. Go to Design > Pivottable Styles. The same can be viewed from below snapshot

There are so many recommended styles but you can create your own using the New pivot table style. Select the type of style and say no to default pivot style in excel.

Here are all the observational notes using the formula in Excel
Notes :

  1. Pivot table grouped data into 4. Rows, column, values, and filter
  2. Use Aggregate functions like average, count, sum, max, min, var, stdev, etc. on the value fields.

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