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Tip 79: Controlling References to Cells Within a Pivot Table

In some cases, you may want to create a formula that references one or more cells within a pivot table. Figure 79–1 shows a simple pivot table that displays income and expense information for three years. In this pivot table, the Month field is hidden, so the pivot table shows the year totals.

Figure 79-1: The formulas in column F reference cells in the pivot table.

Column F contains formulas, and this column is not part of the pivot table. These formulas calculate the expense-to-income ratio for each year. I created these formulas by pointing to the cells. You may expect to see this formula in cell F3:

`=D3/C3`

In fact, the formula in cell F3 is

``=GETPIVOTDATA(“Sum of Expenses”,\$B\$2,”Year”,2010)``

`/GETPIVOTDATA(“Sum of Income”,\$B\$2,”Year”,2010)`

When you use the pointing technique to create a formula that references a cell...