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MS Excel: Display the fields in the Data Section in multiple columns in a pivot table in Excel 2003/XP/2000/97

Question: In Microsoft Excel 2003/XP/2000/97, I've created a pivot table with two fields in the Data Section of the pivot table. These fields are the sum of the Quantity as well as the sum of the Total cost of an order. The pivot table seems to be populating the Data Section in a single column and I want to see the results in two columns.

How can I set up my pivot table so that the Quantity and Total cost (in the data section) values show up in two columns instead of being listed in one?

Answer: By default, Excel will probably format your data section of your pivot table to populate all values in one column, as seen below:

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In this example, you can see that the "Sum of Quantity" as well as "Sum of Total Cost" fields are being displayed in one column. To change the pivot table so that each field is in its own column, first highlight the label called "Data".

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Next, while your mouse cursor is over the Data label, click and hold down the Left Mouse Button. Slowly drag your mouse cursor to the right until you see the mouse cursor change to a picture similar to the above. This is usually when your cursor is over the label called Total.

Now, let go of the Left Mouse Button.

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Now your pivot table should display the "Sum of Quantity" and "Sum of Total Cost" fields in their own columns.