Rekha viewed ‘Learn Excel from MrExcel‘ Episode #655 where I used Group Field in a Pivot Table to create a year-over-year report. But Rekha needs current month from last year, current month from this year, variance, then YTD through current month from last year, YTD this year, variance. Urgently. In Excel 2010.

While this would be a perfect report for Power Pivot, Rekha hasn’t come up the Power Pivot learning curve yet. And we need the report urgently.

I am calling this an impossible pivot table because once you group daily dates to months and years, you are not allowed to add a calculated item inside the pivot table to show a variance. Many ideas flashed through my mind: Run the data through PowerPivot and used Named Sets. Make two pivot tables side by side, one showing monthly and one showing YTD. Abandon pivot tables and use SUMIFS instead. I ended up using the GetPivotData technique, although there are probably dozens of ways to approach this impossible problem.

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