Quick, clean, and to the point

Pivot table basic sum

Pivot tables make it easy to quickly sum values in various ways. In the example shown, a pivot table is used to sum amounts by color.


The pivot table shown is based on two fields: Color and Amount. The Color field is configured as a row field, and the Amount field is a value field, as seen below:

Pivot table basic sum field list

The Amount field is configured to Sum:

Value settings for Amount field

You are free to rename "Sum of Name" as you like.


  1. Create a pivot table
  2. Add a category field the rows area (optional)
  3. Add field to count to Values area
  4. Change value field settings to show sum if needed


  1. When numeric field is added as a Value field, Excel will display a sum automatically.
  2. Without a Row field, the sum will be the total of all Amounts.

Pivot Table Training

If you use Excel, but don't know how to use Pivot Tables, you're missing out...wasting time trying to do things that a Pivot Table can do for you automatically. Core Pivot is a step-by-step Excel video course that will teach you everything you need to know to use this powerful tool. With a small investment, Pivot Tables will pay you back again and again. See details here.