How to use regular charts on dynamic pivot tables in Excel

There are many good reasons not to use Pivot charts as described in this article i.e. – one I would like to add is the bug when using “invert if negative”: The inverted colour will disappear once you refresh your data.

If you use Power Query to create the pivot for your chart, a regular chart will be created on it: Gone are the restrictions that come with the Pivot-Chart and it will also adjust dynamically to new or deleted rows and/or columns.

How to create your regular charts on dynamic pivot tables:

1. Simply pass your table that contains the data to Power Query:


2. Check your series column and pivot on it with Y as the Values-column:


This will create a table output that you can format like a pivot-chart. But as will remain of type standard-Excel-Table, the charts generated on it will be regular charts: Nice formatting and dynamically adjusting.




BTW: Have used this technique in my waterfall-chart.

Enjoy & stay queryious 🙂

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