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# What is the difference beteween a label filter and a value filter?

Posted on 2011-03-11
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I have a pivot table which filters on a field list.  There is a filter icon on the 'Type' field.  When I open the filter to view there is a Label & Value filter listed.  What is the difference between these two types and how are they enabled or disabled?
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Here is some more info on data types taken from : About.com

Types of data in Excel There are three main types of data in Excel:

* labels
* values
* formulas

A label is an entry that is usually used for headings, names, and for identifying columns of data. Labels can contain letters and numbers. By default, labels are left aligned in a cell.

A value contains numbers and can be used in calculations. By default, values are right aligned in a cell. Dates and times are considered to be values but are sometimes identified as a separate type of data.

A formula is a mathematical equation such as adding or subtracting two values. In Excel formulas must begin with an equal ( = ) sign. Excel contains a number of built in formulas called functions.
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Label Filters: filter by a group label
Value filters: filter by a value

for example below group1, group2 group3 are Labels. 1000,2000, 3000 etc are values

group1
1000
2000
3000
group2
4000
1000
group3
20000
10000
group4

So if you filter by Label equal to group1 you wull  see:

group1
1000
2000
3000

If then you also group by value equal to 1000 you will have
group1
1000

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Label filters filter particular items in the row or column field, whereas value filters only filter based on the data fields.
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Under label & value filters, Where does the select all column derive from?
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I don't know what you mean?
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Select All literally means select all the items shown beneath it.
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I am not a pivot table guru by any means.  But regarding the "select all" what is its purpose and how was it created?
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It's built in to the pivot table and is there to enable you to select (or deselect) all items quickly without having to manually select every one.
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