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How to filter Pivot table based on a specific cell value in Excel?

Normally, we are filtering data in a Pivot Table by checking values from the drop-down list as the left screenshot shown. If you want to make a Pivot Table more dynamic by filtering, you can try to filter it based on value in a specific cell. The VBA method in this article will help you solving the problem.

Filter Pivot Table based on a specific cell value with VBA code


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Filter Pivot Table based on a specific cell value with VBA code

The following VBA code can help you filtering a Pivot Table based on a specific cell value in Excel. Please do as follows.

1. Please enter a value you will filter Pivot Table based on into a cell in advance (here I select cell H6).

2. Open the worksheet contains the Pivot Table you will filter by cell value. Then right click the sheet tab and select View Code from the context menu. See screenshot:

3. In the opening Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, copy below VBA code into the Code window.

VBA code: Filter Pivot Table based on cell value

Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
'Update by Extendoffice 20180702
    Dim xPTable As PivotTable
    Dim xPFile As PivotField
    Dim xStr As String
    On Error Resume Next
    If Intersect(Target, Range("H6:H7")) Is Nothing Then Exit Sub
    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    Set xPTable = Worksheets("Sheet1").PivotTables("PivotTable2")
    Set xPFile = xPTable.PivotFields("Category")
    xStr = Target.Text
    xPFile.ClearAllFilters
    xPFile.CurrentPage = xStr
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

Notes: In the code,

1) “Sheet1” is the name of the worksheet.

2) “PivotTable2” is the name of the Pivot Table.

3) The filtering field in the pivot table is called "Category".

4) The value you want to filter the pivot table is placed in cell H6.

You can change the above variable values as you need.v

4. Press the Alt + Q keys to close the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

Then the Pivot Table is filtering based on the value in cell H6 as below screenshot shown:

You can change the cell value to others as you need.

Note: Values you type in cell H6 should exactly match the values in the Category drop down list of Pivot Table.


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    Justin · 8 months ago
    How would you do this with a report filter that has a hierarchy?

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    Daniel · 9 months ago
    Using this code (updated for my variables of course), when changing the field, the filter changes momentarily to the correct one, and then clears itself almost immediately. Trying to figure out why it's doing this (wondering if it has something to do with the ClearAllFilters at the end of the sub?)