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Excel 2019: Count Distinct

June 17, 2019 - by Bill Jelen

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To see an annoyance with pivot tables, drag the Customer column from the Data table to the VALUES area. The field says Count of Customer, but it is really a count of the invoices belong to each sector. What if you really want to see how many unique customers belong to each sector?

This report showing Count of Customer by Sector is really giving you the number of orders in each sector.

The trick is to build your pivot table using the Data Model. Double-click the Count of Customer heading. At first, the Summarize Values By offers choices such as Sum, Average, and Count. Scroll down to the bottom. Because the pivot table is based on the Data Model, you now have Distinct Count.

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