Auto sort on Pivots

Posted on 2011-10-11
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Last Modified: 2012-05-12

Im using AutoSort on a pivot and am getting the top ten of a datafield, if there are two instances of the 10 largest data point, i.e. if i was counting top ten clients holding cash in an account and number 10 had £200 and someone else had £200, my pivot will then expand to show 11 accounts. Can i make the pivot just show the first instance of this?

Question by:Seamus2626
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by:Patrick Matthews
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Please explain: do you only want to display one customer for any given balance, or is it that if ties at the bottom of the top 10 would case 11+ customers to be displayed, that you want to only display no more than 10 customers?

Regardless of which it is, how would you pick whom to include and whom to exclude?


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ID: 36948273
Thats my conumdrum Patrick, i was thinking alpahbetical order maybe? Can that be determined through a pivot though?
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by:Patrick Matthews
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It would be helpful to see a sample file, along with the output expected given that input.
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ID: 36948350
Im away for half hour, il do that after, thanks, Seamus

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ID: 36949003
Hey Patrick, i uploaded the file here and you can see my issue

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Patrick Matthews earned 2000 total points
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There may well be a more elegant way to do this, but this appears to be working:

1) In Sheet1, use the Advanced Filter t generate a list of distinct "A/C no" values in Column AE

2) In AF2, enter this formula to get the averages:


3) In Ag2, use this formula to rank the averages:


4) In AH2, use this to adjust the rank in case of ties (using an alpha sort):


5) Copy those formulae in Af2:AH2 down as far as needed

6) Adjacent to your original data, in AA1 enter a heading such as "adjusted rank", and in AA2 the formula:


Copy that formula down as far as needed

7) Switching to your PivotTable...

a) Change the source range to now include Col AA
b) Add "average of adj rank" as a data field
c) In your sort options, sort ascending by "average of adj rank"
d) In your value filter, change your Top 10 filter to "Bottom 10 items by average of adj rank"

The attached file shows my results after doing this.


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ID: 36949621
Perfect, i can use that, thanks Patrick!!


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