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Extracting unique items in Excel Pivot Table

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I'm trying to create a pivot table from my raw data but it is always giving me a message everytime I drop a field in the table such as the name or id number.

" A field in your source data has more unique items than can be used in a pivot table report". Is there any way I can go around this? Note: The raw data has duplicate names but my understanding is it should summarize them along with the other same names.

Thank you.
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Excel 2003 is limited to 32500 unique items in a PivotTable field.

Excel 2007 and 2010 allow 1,048,576 unique items in a PivotTable field.

If you aren't able to switch to a later version of Excel, you will need to do some grouping of the names if you want to produce a PivotTable report. You can do so with a formula, and would use the results of that formula as the field items.
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