When you type an equal sign, then click on a pivot table value cell, a GetPivotData formula is automatically created. We’ll see how to make those formula more flexible, so you can quickly change the results.

For example, in the screen shot below, I typed an equal sign in cell A1, then clicked on the Arrowroot total price in the pivot table.

Excel created a GetPivotData formula, and shows "Total Price" as the first argument:

**=GETPIVOTDATA("Total Price",$A$3,"Product","Arrowroot")**

### Change Text to Cell References

To make the formula flexible, we can change the text strings to cell references, and you can see sample formulas here.

For example, type Arrowroot in cell B1, then change the formula so it refers to that cell for the product name.

**=GETPIVOTDATA("Total Price",$A$3,"Product",B1)**

Then, you can change cell B1 to a different product, and the formula result changes automatically. Now we can see the total price for Carrot in cell A1.

### Problem with Value Cell Reference

Cell references work well with the row fields, but if you try to use the same technique with the Value field name – Total Price – the formula returns a #REF! error.

In the screen shot below, I entered Total Price in cell C1, and referred to that cell. The formula returns a #REF! error, even though cell C1 contains the correctly typed field name, "Total Price".

**=GETPIVOTDATA(C1,$A$3,"Product",B1)**

### Fix the Value Field Cell Reference

If you want to use a cell reference for a value field, use the & operator to concatenate an empty string at the start or end of the reference.

In this example, you could use

**=GETPIVOTDATA(C1 & "",$A$3,"Product",B1)**

or

**=GETPIVOTDATA("" & C1,$A$3,"Product",B1)**

The formula shows the correct total for Total Price.

Then, I can change the Value field name in cell C1 to Total Qty, and it will show that amount.

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Hi Debra

Great trick. How did you discover this?

Awesome post, once again, Deb. Didn’t know that trick. Thanks for posting it. Real pity that you can’t refer to row fields with the GetPivotData function.

These also worked:

Trim(C1) — Dangerous in the case you actually have white space as part of the field

Cell(“contents”, C1)

Then I tried a little UDF:

Function CText(val As String) As String

CText = val

End Function

so

CText(C1)

also worked.

Really valuable tip Debra thank you and also thanks Eric for your bits….

You can use T() function. It works as well. T(C1).

along the lines of using a cell reference for the “value”, is there a trick to using such a technique for the “item”? In the top example it showed “product” and then it pointed to B1 where the user could select different ones. But I would like to make it even more flexible where the user can pick what to filter on (like, Product or Region or Month, etc) and then also pick the value to look for. But anything I try gives the #REF! error. Is there no way to dynamically tell it to look for a combination of item and value?