Using Calculated Item in Excel Pivot Table

I am trying to use calculated item in excel to add together 2 items in a field.  the formula is very simple and works great:  =Committed+'Open Role' except for the fact it adds together every combination even when there aren't values for Committed and Open Roles.  This completely blows the pivot table up with a lot of blank rows.  Ideally I would want the calculated item to only calculate when either Committed or Open Role has a value.  Or is there a way to filter them out of the pivot table?
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byundtMechanical EngineerCommented:
The  behavior you describe is how the calculated field in a PivotTable is supposed to work. I avoid them for this reason.

As a workaround, I suggest using one of two alternatives:
1. Add the calculation formula to a column in your raw data. You may then add that field to your PivotTable as both a Values item and a Filters item. Use the Filter to hide those rows where your formula returns 0.
2. Create a formula outside the PivotTable that performs the calculation. Make sure you use cell addresses (e.g. D32) when building the formula. If you click on a cell to build the formula, you will get an unwanted reference to the GETPIVOTDATA function. Note that you will need to rebuild the formulas each time you Refresh your PivotTable.
marku24Author Commented:
I came across this link that seems to work for using calculated items.  I found the video for suppressing zero values helpful.
byundtMechanical EngineerCommented:
I suggest the Comment by marku24 as the Answer.

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