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Chapter 6. Performing Calculations Withi... > Creating Your First Calculated Item

Creating Your First Calculated Item

As you learned at the beginning of this chapter, a calculated item is essentially a row of data you add by performing a calculation on the other rows in the same field. Therefore, it makes sense that you must first select the field where you want to add your calculated item.

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As you go through this section, keep in mind that grouping items can give you an effect similar to that of creating a calculated item. Indeed, in many cases, grouping would be a great alternative to using calculated items. Chapter 5, “Controlling the Way You View Your Pivot Data,” covers grouping in detail.



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