Excel/Pivot Tables


I currently have several pivot tables on one worksheet.  They are divided by years and or quarters as needed.  I then use these pivot tables in another spreadsheet into what I call waterfall schedules.  I have a formula in my waterfalls that pull the correct information from each specific pivot table as needed.  As I add new years I have to change the way my pivot tables are calculated and add a new pivot table.  Is there a way that I can "name" my pivot table so that my formula in my waterfall will not have to be changed from year to year as I add new pivot tables and thus the location of the pivot table from say cell A3 to F3?  Thank you.

Hi Karen,

I'm not aware of a naming for pivot tables, however I have another solution.
Everytime you add a new year, create the pivot in a new sheet instead of the same sheet. Now, in your formula, let the sheet name be linked with another cell. Everytime you update this sheet name in the cell, your formula will start looking at the right pivot table.

However, I would also like to point out that if you add many pivot tables in the same file, you end up with a very large and slow excel file.

Hope this helps.
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