Pivot Table Weirdness

PolarBear

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I am trying to help my wife, who works at an auto dealer, by taking a file which contains lots of data in a flat file format, and taking out the "pretty" lines like "========================", so that the data can be used in a pivot table.

I was able to do that, and I created two new columns, "Category" and "SubCategory", and filled them with appropriate data from column A, which held text strings such as "Used - Parts", "Used - Labour", etc. I broke those down into main categories and subcategories. That worked fine.

But, when I build the PivotTable in the next sheet, it did something weird. I put the "Category" up into the "Page" area, and "SubCategory" in the "Row" area. Each month's totals show up as separate subs, so I placed them all in the data area.

Now, I would expect that when I select a "Category", such as "Used", that I would only see the "SubCategory" choices appropriate for that choice in the pivottable - but I don't. I see every choice even if some are not related to that category.

This is driving me nuts, because I build tables for my sales teams every day, and when I select the team manager, only his or her reps show up as possible choices. What in the heck am I doing wrong?!
 

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PolarBear

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Cooler heads have now prevailed, and everything seems to be fine.

In the words of Emily Littella "Never mind".
 

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