Microsoft has a great tutorial on how to use slicers to filter PivotTable data and I don’t feel that I need to duplicate their tutorial here. You can read all about it here: Microsoft: Use slicers to filter PivotTable data
What the article does not cover is the Slicer settings available by right-clicking on a slicer and selecting that bottom option “Slicer Settings”.
There are 3 main settings that you can set here – I typically only change the last one and leave the rest on their default settings. They are:
- Name – this is the name by which you can refer to the slicer in formulas. I typically just let this be the default. (e.g.
- Header – this is the name displayed above the slicer. You can choose to turn it on or off and customize the name if needed. Again, I typically just leave the header visible with the default name.
- Item Sorting and Filtering – Here’s where you can choose to:
- order the values ascending or descending
- Perhaps most important for visual aesthetics (and the value I typically choose to modify most often) you may hide items with no data
- Choose to visually indicate items with no data (by making them more transparent)
- Choose to show items, which have no data associated with them, last in the list
- Continue to show items which have been deleted from the original data source table
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