How to structure source data for Excel Pivot Tables

How to structure source data for Excel Pivot Tables
21 July 2013

Before you can create a pivot table, you must have your data laid out in the right structure. This is the most critical step, and also the most common mistake when learning how to create pivot tables. Once you have your data organized correctly, you will become much more proficient at creating reports, analyzing data, and finding trends.

This article will explain:

  • The correct vs. incorrect structure for pivot table source data.
  • Why it is important to understand this.
  • How to convert your reports into the right structure using formulas.