Working with Pivot Tables

Working with Pivot Tables

Zoho Advanced Analytics app offers a wide range of interactive options on a Pivot Table when accessed by an end-user. The options include Expand/Collapse, Viewing Underlying data, sorting, exporting, sharing and publishing a Pivot Table. In this section, we will discuss each of these options in detail.

Sorting a Pivot Table

In the Zoho Advanced Analytics app, Pivot Table can be sorted by its corresponding column values, data values and summary values. Refer to the topic Sorting a Pivot Table to know how to sort your Pivot Table data.

Expand/Collapse Option

Expand/Collapse in a Pivot View is a handy feature that provides additional flexibility to the users. This option allows you to further drill-down your Pivot table. 

Using this option, a Pivot table user or a viewer can further explore and understand the data in a Pivot View. This feature works in a hierarchical manner. i.e., the users can view the higher group and gradually move to the groups within or do the reverse.

Using Expand/Collapse (+/-) Option

This option will be enabled by default. You can choose to display the expand or collapse (+/-) icons in a Pivot View using the Expand/Collapse option available under the Layout Settings.

You can expand and collapse rows in a multiple-rows Pivot View by clicking the Expand/Collapse icon available in the toolbar or by right-clicking a specific cell in the Pivot table. The (+/-) icons will be displayed on the left side of a row heading in the pivot. 

The Expand/Collapse option in the toolbar is for the entire Pivot. When you click this option, your entire Pivot will be in either Expand mode or Collapse mode.

Pivot View in Expand Mode:

Pivot View in Collapse Mode:

Apart from the Expand All and Collapse All option, you can also perform the following actions by right-clicking a specific cell:

  • Expand/Collapse All: Click this option if you wish to expand/collapse the entire Pivot table. This performs the same function as the Expand/Collapse option in the toolbar.
  • Expand/Collapse <cell name>: This option will expand/collapse all the cells available underneath the selected cell.
  • Expand/Collapse each <cell name>: This option will expand/collapse all cells with the same cell name in the column. 
  • Expand/Collapse entire <column name>: This option will expand/collapse the entire column. 
Note: This option is supported only for a multiple-rows Pivot View.

ViewingUnderlying Data

Zoho Advanced Analytics app provides an option to view (drill into) the data that makes up the Pivot Table using the option called View Underlying Data. You can click on any cell in the Pivot Table to view its underlying data in a pop-up table. Clicking your mouse over a cell in the selected Pivot Table will display its underlying data in a pop-up table. You can also view the overall data by clicking the option View Underlying Data in the toolbar.

The following screenshot describes how underlying sales data will be displayed when you click on the relevant data point in the Pivot Table.

In case you have created a Pivot by joining two or more tables then you can view the underlying data by selecting the tables from the View Data From drop-down. By default, the option displaying the base table along with the related tables will be selectedYou can also choose to view the individual tables separately. 

The below example shows the View Underlying Data table of a report that was created by joining the Products table and the Orders table. By default, the option Orders will be selected. This option will display the data from both Orders and Products in a single table. However, if you wish to view the data only from the Stores table you can do so by selecting Stores from the View Data From drop-down.

The View Underlying Data table that opens provides options to Show/Hide columns, search, filter and sort the data displayed. You can also export the underlying data into a variety of file formats like CSV, XLS, PDF and HTML.

Exporting a Pivot Table

Zoho Advanced Analytics app allows you to export Pivot table that you have created into various file formats like CSV, PDF, XLS and HTML.

To export a Pivot Table:

  1. Open the Pivot Table that you would like to export
  2. Select Export button in the toolbar
  3. Select one of the five export format options:
    1. CSV - Exports the underlying data of the Pivot Table as a Comma Separated Value (CSV) file.
    2. Excel (XLS) - Exports the underlying data of the Pivot Table as a Excel file.
    3. PDF - Exports the Pivot Table in Portable Document Format (PDF) file format.
    4. HTML - Exports the Pivot Table in HTML file format.
  4. In the export settings window that opens, set the required options and then click Export button at the bottom to export.

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