Bill in Smyrna, GA wants to show percentage in a PivotTable and filter the PT. That is easy. The issue is Bill wants to show the unfiltered percentages, not the filtered percentages. I had to add a helper column to do this.

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Hey Chris Menard here. I had a great question from a friend up in Smyrna about PivotTable percentages so let’s go take a look at his question he wants to filter a pivot table but show the percentages as an unfiltered amount so if you look at column B I got a list of products and I want to know how many times each product was ordered for this time period which I put it in September 2018 as an example notice that I have a total of 50 records so the first thing is make a table ctrl T now go make the pivot table insert pivot table I’m gonna keep it right here to keep this easy let’s put it right there I’m gonna check class cuz I’m worried about the products so there’s my products I’m gonna drag class and drop it into values so there’s the 50 records 50 orders and then I’m gonna right click I’m gonna take class again put it in values at your second time right click summarize values as percentage of grand total so those 50 there’s your hundred percent but here’s what Bill wants to do he wants to just filter by the top three which is actually pretty easy in fact I can just leave this here I’m gonna go and sort this by percentage you don’t actually technically have to do it I’m gonna copy and I will paste the value so I can keep up with this so they’re the percentages that Bill wants to see 28:22 and 14 the issue is when he goes to value filters top 10 changes that to 3 and hits okay 30 to 250 100% this is actually correct but Bill wants to see 28 22 in 14 he knows it’s not going to total 100% he’s okay with that so that is his dilemma I was hoping somewhere in here that pivot table tools analyzed would give me an option to keep these percentages based on the unfiltered data but I couldn’t find it so here’s my workaround I’m going to come over here name it percentage 1 and my formulas count a count a or count texts count ale account numbers and I’m going to count so right now should get the number 1 I do so let me edit that formula and I’m will divide it by the sum of count a b2 through B 51 and then I’m gonna hit the f4 function key to make those absolute reference and so she basically taking the number one dividing by 50 in this example and there is your calculated column working so let me go make these percentages just to keep it clean click back in my pivot table do a refresh I can lose this one right here because it’s not what I want to see I’m gonna take that percentage one drop it in here and watch this there you go 28:22 and fourteen and Bill doesn’t care that equals 100 he wanted to see these numbers.

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I train corporate clients in Microsoft Office Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook. When I'm not training, I blog about technology and create training videos on YouTube. I currently have over 240 technology videos available. Most of the videos I've created come from questions asked during MS Office training.

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