Excel 2010 Tutorial - Create a Pivot Table

In this video from the Excel 2010 Tutorial series, School of Technology and Design Program Coordinator, Justin Denton, teaches us about creating pivot tables in Microsoft Excel 2010. This tutorial video is a great beginning step to your courses in technology at Rasmussen College.


So I've had a couple people ask about pivot tables, and being able to work with them a little bit. And they're really basic, easy, because in 2010 they already have a pivot table routine created. So if we wanted to go in here and create a pivot table out of this information, I can basically just select everything, highlight it just like I was going to build a graph, click on Insert and now there's a new pivot table button.

So if I select Pivot Table, you'll see where it's going to bring up the range that we are working with. Typically it's the highlighted range, if you didn't highlight it, you can go ahead and highlight it right now. And then you have the option of where you want the pivot table report to be placed. For this I'm just going to put it on a new worksheet, but if you'd like your pivot table to be up here in the same workbook, you can do that.

So when you do this, you're brought into a pivot table wizard, per se. So on the pivot table wizard, you can select what fields you want to include. If I do Location, Name, and Sales, it'll automatically build out my pivot table.

So if I want to adjust items in here, now I can click the Row label and I only want to show Aurora. I can click OK, and it'll just show Aurora. If I want to show Barrington and Bolingbrook, it'll bring all those up.

Cool, makes sense, but I want a graphical representation of this, too. So then as I'm working with the pivot table, you'll see these new pivot table tabs appear. I want to do a chart based on this pivot table. The chart's really quick and easy, you just click the button, you select the style of chart, and you're done.

So I'm going to do a column chart. I'll click OK, and all the principles that we learned with building charts works the same way with this new pivot table chart except this chart's dynamic.

So now if I want to remove everybody and only have Aurora, my chart will update at the same time.

So as I'm going through here, if I really don't care too much about the information on the left and I just want to look at a graphical representation, I can keep track just based on my pivot table chart I just created. Same kind of process works if I want to move the chart to another table, I can move it over to another worksheet or something like that.

If I'm working with my pivot table, you can also do conditional formatting on your pivot table. You have the same ability to change your data source ranges, sort, add and show field buttons. You've got some functionality that you can kind of work with to customize it a little further.

External links provided on Rasmussen.edu are for reference only. Rasmussen College does not guarantee, approve, control, or specifically endorse the information or products available on websites linked to, and is not endorsed by website owners, authors and/or organizations referenced.

Kendall is an Online Community Specialist at Collegis Education who oversees online communities on behalf of Rasmussen College. She has a passion for social media and enjoys motivating and encouraging former, current and future learners.

Receive Personalized Information Today

  • Personalized financial aid
  • Customized support services
  • Detailed program plan
  • Attend a no-obiligation Nursing Information Session
  • Meet the Dean of Nursing
  • Enrollment application
  • Personalized financial aid
  • Career path guidance

What would you like to study?

How may we contact you?

Please complete all fields

By requesting information, I authorize Rasmussen College to contact me by email, phone or text message at the number provided.

Share Your Story Ideas
Our campuses and online community have stories to tell and we want to hear them! Did your campus raise the most money in the community for an organization? Do you have online study tips for other students? Would you like to share a personal success story about overcoming an obstacle while earning your degree?
To have your story idea considered:
  • You must be a faculty member, current student or graduate
  • Story ideas must be regarding Rasmussen College or an inspiring story about a student at Rasmussen College
  • Your submission must be original and may not have been published elsewhere online already
Please Note: Your story idea may be featured on the Rasmussen College News Beat or on one of our social networks. A member of our news team will contact you should we move forward with a blog post.
Feel free to suggest an idea for a blog post to be featured on the Rasmussen College News Beat by filling out the form below:

First Name: (required)

Last Name: (required)

Email Address: (required)

Phone Number: (required)

500 characters or less


Your Story Idea Has Been Submitted

Thank you for sending us a story idea! We’re reviewing submissions and may contact you soon to learn more about your story. In the meantime, make sure to check out our current blogs to see what’s happening on campus.