Certainly, **Pivot Table** is one of the powerful features in Excel analyzing the larger dataset efficiently. What if you need to find the difference between two columns in the **Pivot Table**. In this instructive session, I’ll show you 3 methods including step by step process to get the difference between two columns in Excel **Pivot Table**.

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## 3 Cases to Find Difference between Two Columns in Excel Pivot Table

Let’s introduce today’s dataset where the **Sales Report for 2021 and 2022 **of some **Product Categories** is provided along with **Order Date** and corresponding **States**.

Now, you’ll see the comparison within columns. Let’s explore the methods.

### 1. Utilizing Difference from Value Field Settings Option

In the beginning, I’ll show you the utilization of one of the calculation options namely **Difference From **in the **Value Field Settings** to determine the difference between two columns e.g. **Sales in 2021** vs** Sales in 2022**.

__Step 01: Create Pivot Table__

- Firstly, you have to create a Pivot Table which is really a simple task. Keep your cursor over any cell within the dataset and then choose
**Insert**tab >**Pivot Table**>**From Table/Range**.

- Next, check the
**Table /Range**and circle before the**New Worksheet**.

- After pressing
**OK**, add (by dragging down the cursor)*Order Date*to the**Rows**area,to the*Years***Columns**area, and*Sales*to**Values**.

So, the **Pivot Table** will be as follows.

__Step 02: Remove Grand Total Column__

If you look closely at the created **Pivot Table**, you find the **Grand Total **column which is irrelevant in this task.

- So, go to the
**PivotTable Analyze**tab >**Grand Totals**>**Off for Rows and Columns**option to remove the column.

Then, you’ll get the following output.

__Step 03: Add Sales Field Again__

Now, you have to add the Sales field again to the **Pivot Table**.

- Just drag the
*Sales*field to the**Values**area after the*Sum of Sales*.

After doing that, you’ll get two similar *Sum of Sales* fields for a year! Let me clarify why you have to do this.

__Step 04: Apply ‘Difference From’ Option __

In this step, you have to apply the **Difference From** option.

- Right-click while keeping the cursor over the
*Sum of Sales2*field and choose the**Value Field Settings**.

- Then, click over the
**Show Values As**option and choose the**Difference From**option from the**Show values as**. - Moreover, pick the
*Years*as the**Base field**and*(previous)*as the**Base item**. - Lastly, press
**OK**.

Therefore, you’ll get the *Difference *(in the **E7:E11** cells) between the *Sum of Sales* in 2021 and 2022.

__Step 05: Rename Field Name and Hide Irrelevant Column__

Actually, you got the output but you need to edit some things for a better presentation.

- Double-click on the
**E5**cell to rename the*Sum of Sales2*field to*Difference*.

- Actually, column
**C**is unnecessary. Though you cannot delete the column as it is inside the**Pivot Table**, you can Hide the column (just right-click over the column and choose the**Hide**option).

Finally, your output is ready!

Similarly, you can find the *Difference *based on the *Product Category*. To do this, remove the *Order Date* field from the **Rows **area and add the *Product Category* field.

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### 2. Showing Difference between Two Columns in Percentage

If you want to get the** difference in percentage** e.g. % of sales growth or declination rate, this method would be fruitful for you.

- When you apply this method for a newer dataset, do
**Steps 1-3**as illustrated in the first method. - Later, go to the
**Value Field Settings**and choose the**% Difference From**option from the**Show values as**.

Eventually, you’ll get the *Difference *in % after pressing **OK**.

### 3. Using Formula to Show Difference between Two Columns in Excel Pivot Table

Fortunately, there is another way (i.e. just deduct the two columns) to find the difference between two columns in Excel **Pivot Table**.

Let’s say, you have **Cost **and **Sales **columns in your *Sales Report*. And, you need to find the **Profit **or **Loss**.

- Initially, you must create a
**Pivot Table**like the following one.

- Next, click the
**Calculated Field…**option from the**Fields, Items, & Sets**in the**PivotTable Analyze**tab.

- Type the
**Name**as*Profit*and insert the following formula in the Formula box.

`=Sales - Cost`

- Just, double-click over the fields to add inside the formula.
- Lastly, press
**Add**and then**OK**.

After doing that you’ll get the following output.

Furthermore, you can do it to get the *Sum of Profit* yearly and monthly.

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## Conclusion

That’s the end of today’s session. This is how you can calculate the difference between two columns in Excel **Pivot Table**. Anyway, don’t forget to share your thoughts.

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