Creating Pivot chart from Macro

Naveen Prakash

New Member
Feb 4, 2019
I have written a macro to create a Pivot chart in Excel in one Workbook. If I am running the macro from the same workbook it is adding the pivot chart proper without any error. But if I am running the macro from another workbook, I am getting the Application defined or Object defined error in following line.

[COLOR=#242729][FONT=Consolas]ActiveWorkbook.PivotCaches.Create(SourceType:=xlDatabase, SourceData:=PRange, Version:=xlPivotTableVersion15).CreatePivotTable TableDestination:=DSheet.Cells(Table1_Start_Line, Column_Line), TableName:="HSDPivotTable", DefaultVersion:=xlPivotTableVersion15[/FONT][/COLOR]

My Complete Code is below:

Sub InsertPivotTable()'Macro By ExcelChamps

'Declare Variables
Dim PSheet As Worksheet
Dim DSheet As Worksheet
Dim PCache As PivotCache
Dim PTable As PivotTable
Dim PTable1 As PivotTable
Dim PRange As Range
Dim LastRow As Long
Dim LastCol As Long

Dim Table1_Row_line As Integer
Dim Table1_Column_line As Integer
Dim Table2_Row_line As Integer
Dim Table2_Column_line As Integer

Dim Chart1_Row_Line As Integer
Dim Chart1_Column_Line As Integer
Dim Chart2_Row_Line As Integer
Dim Chart2_Column_Line As Integer

'Insert a New Blank Worksheet
On Error Resume Next
Set DSheet = Worksheets("Sheet1")

'Define Data Range
LastRow = DSheet.Cells(DSheet.Rows.Count, 1).End(xlUp).Row
LastCol = DSheet.Cells(1, DSheet.Columns.Count).End(xlToLeft).Column
Set PRange = DSheet.Cells(1, 1).Resize(LastRow, LastCol)

Table1_Start_Line = 2
Table1_End_Line = Table1_Start_Line + LastRow
Column_Line = LastCol + 2

Table2_Start_Line = Table1_End_Line + 2
Table2_End_Line = Table2_Start_Line + LastRow

ActiveWorkbook.PivotCaches.Create(SourceType:=xlDatabase, SourceData:=PRange, Version:=xlPivotTableVersion15).CreatePivotTable TableDestination:=DSheet.Cells(Table1_Start_Line, Column_Line), TableName:="PivotTable", DefaultVersion:=xlPivotTableVersion15
DSheet.Cells(Table1_Start_Line, Column_Line).Select

With ActiveSheet.PivotTables("PivotTable").PivotFields("WW")
.Orientation = xlRowField
.Position = 1
End With

ActiveSheet.PivotTables("PivotTable").AddDataField ActiveSheet.PivotTables("PivotTable").PivotFields("Actual"), "Actual ", xlSum
ActiveSheet.PivotTables("PivotTable").AddDataField ActiveSheet.PivotTables("PivotTable").PivotFields("Actual(cumulative)"), "Actual (cumulative) ", xlSum

ActiveWorkbook.ShowPivotTableFieldList = False
ActiveSheet.Shapes.AddChart2(201, xlColumnClustered).Select
    ActiveChart.SetSourceData Source:=Range("Sheet1!$Z$" & Table1_Start_Line & ":$AB$" & Table1_End_Line)
    ActiveChart.SetElement (msoElementChartTitleAboveChart)
    ActiveChart.ChartTitle.Text = "Chart1"
    Selection.Format.TextFrame2.TextRange.Characters.Text = "Chart1"
ActiveWorkbook.Worksheets("Sheet1").PivotTables("PivotTable").PivotCache.CreatePivotTable TableDestination:=DSheet.Cells(Table2_Start_Line, Column_Line), TableName:="IncomingVsCompletion", DefaultVersion:=xlPivotTableVersion15
Cells(Table2_Start_Line, Column_Line).Select
ActiveWorkbook.ShowPivotTableFieldList = True
With ActiveSheet.PivotTables("IncomingVsCompletion").PivotFields("WW")
.Orientation = xlRowField
.Position = 1
End With

ActiveSheet.PivotTables("IncomingVsCompletion").AddDataField ActiveSheet.PivotTables("IncomingVsCompletion").PivotFields("Plan"), "Plan ", xlSum
ActiveSheet.PivotTables("IncomingVsCompletion").AddDataField ActiveSheet.PivotTables("IncomingVsCompletion").PivotFields("Plan (cumulative)"), "Plan (cumulative) ", xlSum

ActiveSheet.Shapes.AddChart2(201, xlColumnClustered).Select
    ActiveChart.SetSourceData Source:=Range("Sheet1!$Z$" & Table2_Start_Line & ":$AB$" & Table2_End_Line)
    ActiveChart.SetElement (msoElementChartTitleAboveChart)
    ActiveChart.ChartTitle.Text = "Chart2"
    Selection.Format.TextFrame2.TextRange.Characters.Text = "Chart2"
ActiveWorkbook.ShowPivotTableFieldList = False
End Sub


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Active Member
Dec 3, 2009
Hi Naveen,

Running macros from a workbook/worksheet that is different from the original activeworkbook/activesheet that you original made the macro for can be tricky.

When you write
[COLOR=#333333]Set DSheet = Worksheets("Sheet1")[/COLOR]

This actually translates to
[COLOR=#333333]Set DSheet = ACTIVEWORKBOOK.Worksheets("Sheet1")[/COLOR]
So when you ran the code from the original workbook where the data was, everything was ok. When you run the code from a different workbook, DSheet is now probably referring to the workbook you are running the code from, which does not have the data, which is probably an error. I am pretty certain that this is one issue with the code above, but I suspect there might be more.

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