How to Create a Pivot Table Timeline in Microsoft Excel

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In Brief...

The following seven steps show how to create a pivot table timeline for filtering your Excel data by time.

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  1. Click the pivot table.

  2. From the PivotTable Tools Analyze tab, in the Filter group, select Insert Timeline.
    Insert Timeline

  3. In the Insert Timeline dialog box, check the check box of the date fields you want in the timeline.
    Check Date Fields

  4. The timeline is displayed. To filter by date, click the arrow next to the time section and make a selection.
    Make Selection

  5. Drag the scrollbar to see the filtered data.
    Drag Slider

  6. To see a specific time period, click and drag the timeline handles.Drag Handles

  7. Click the Clear Filter button to clear the timeline.
    Click Clear Filter

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