The GETPIVOTDATA function allows the retrieval of a value from a PivotTable report while its structure is being changed.
To retrieve a value, use the GETPIVOTDATA function:
Simply select any cell outside the PivotTable report, press the equals (=) symbol and select a cell in the PivotTable reports Values area.
To clear the option of automatically inserting the GETPIVOTDATA function:
Select File -> Excel Options -> Formulas -> clear the checkbox in Use GetPivotData functions for PivotTable references in Working with Formulas section.
To retrieve a value when the structure of the PivotTable Report is stable, use:
Advantage: The SUMIF function recognizes text such as "2003", "Qtr1" or "Grand Total", see cells C1:C3 and results in cells D1:D3 in the screenshot below.
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