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Is it possible to conduct a vlookup from one pivot to another?

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I have 2 pivot tables.  If I expand a row it shows numbers.  I'd like too lookup those numbers from another pivot.  E.g.


PivotTable1
-Folder1
--001
--002

PivotTable2
-001
--Mary
--Sue
--Joe
-002
--Sally
--John
--Jane

What I'd like PivotTable1 to do is lookup 001 and 002 from PivotTable2 to show me who the members are.  Is this possible?
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Question by:Bwater75
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by:Jerry Paladino
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You cannot use VLOOKUP from one PT to another PT.  However, you can base PT2 on PT1 using the Pivot Table Wizard.  If you are using Excel 2003 then the wizard is the default method for creating a pivot table and the option in on the first screen.  If you are using Excel 2007 you can bring up the Wizard with Alt-D-P since there is not a 2007 command or button for the wizard.  
Graphic and example file attached.

Pivot-Table-Wizard.jpg
Pivot-Table-Using-PT-as-Data-Sou.xls
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by:Bwater75
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Thanks for all the detail.  This helps but I may be missing something.  Specifically, I have two pivots based on different sources.  I am attempting for Pivot1 to lookup data from Pivot 2 such that I can see who is in 1 and 2.  I've attached a sample file.
Book1.xls
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Jerry Paladino earned 500 total points
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I understand what you are asking and that is not possible.  You can base one Piovt Table off another Pivot Table but I now understand that is not what you are trying to accomplish.  Each of your PT's are hooked to its own underlying data.  A Pivot Table can only report on what is in the data it is attached to.  If possible, combining your two data sets and generating pivots from a combined dataset would be the best avenue.
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