The pivot table feature in Microsoft Excel can be used to sort, analyze, and share data, but pivot tables do not calculate median values, which can be important for analyzing growth in an organization. Below, you will learn how to calculate the median in a pivot table.

## How to Activate Power Pivot in Excel

In order to use Power Pivot, you must first activate it.

**Steps:**

- Go to
**File**>> then select**Options**. - A dialog box named Excel Options will pop up.
- Click on
**Add-ins**. - Then select
**COM Add-ins**from the**Manage**drop-down and click on**Go**.

- Check the box before
**Microsoft Power Pivot for Excel**and click**OK**.

Thus you can activate the Power Pivot in Excel.

To show you 2 simple ways of calculating the median in Excel Pivot Table, here is a concise dataset consisting of Student Names, Student IDs, and marks.

### Method 1 – Calculate Median in Pivot Table by Creating a New Measure Function

**Step 1: Creating Pivot Table from Dataset**

- Select the whole dataset.
- Go to
**Insert**tab>> select**Pivot Table**under**Tables**option.

- A dialog box will pop up.
- Select the
*Location*where you want to see your pivot table. - Check the box beside
**Add this data to the Data Model**option. - Click
**OK**.

**Step 2: Creating a New Measure Function**

- You will see there’s a different icon and we have the ability to create a measure.

- Right-click on the icon and click on
**Add Measure**option.

- A dialog box called
**Measure**will pop up. - Add a
**Measure Name**. - In the
**Formula**box, enter the following formula.

`=MEDIAN([Marks])`

- Select the
**Category**as*Number*and set**Decimal Places**as*2*. - Click
**OK**.

- A new measure function will be created like the image below.

#### Step 3: Calculating Median

- Put
*Student ID*in**Rows**and*Median Marks*in**Values**.

- You will get your pivot table along with your calculated median.

### Method 2 – Calculate Median in Pivot Table Using MEDIAN Function

**Steps:**

- Insert a new column named
**Median**beside the*Marks*column. - Enter the following formula in cell
**E5**.

`=MEDIAN(IF($C$5:$C$14=C5,$D$5:$D$14))`

**AutoFill**the rest of the column’s cells, and you will get the median the same as the previously shown method.

- Select any cell in the pivot table.
- Click
**PivotTable Analyze**>> then**Change Data Source**drop down>> select**Change Data Source**.

- A dialog box named
**Change PivotTable Data Source**will appear. - Specify the new source data in the
**Table/Range**box. - Click
**OK**.

- In the
**PivotTable Fields**pane, the**Median**field is now available. - Drag the
**Median**field to the**Values**section.

- Select
**Value Field Settings**from the drop-down list under the**Median**field in the**Values**section.

- A dialog box named
**Value Field Settings**will pop up. - In the
**Summarize Values By**tab, select**Average**from the**Summarize Values By**list. - In the
**Custom Name**box, rename the field name to “**Median**” (there is a space before Median). - Click
**OK**.

- In the pivot table, you will now see the median of each row label.

You can use the **MEDIAN** function to calculate the median in the pivot table.

**Keep in mind that in our dataset we have no repeated values (both for**

*Note:**Student ID*and

*Marks*). That’s why we have got the same median value for all

*Student ID*s. If you have repeated values in your dataset, the median value will be different.

**Read More:** How to Create Pivot Table with Values as Text

## Frequently Asked Questions

**1. What is the formula to find the median from mean?**

**For Odd Numbers:**

- If the set has an odd number of elements, let n be the total number of elements.
- The median is the value of the
**((n+1)/2)th**item in the given set.

**For Even Numbers:**

- If the set has an even number of elements, let n be the total number of elements.
- Find the two middle terms:
**(n/2)th**and**((n/2) + 1)th**terms. - Calculate the mean (average) of these two middle terms.
- The median is obtained by taking the mean of the two middle terms:
**Median = ((n/2)th term + ((n/2) + 1)th term) / 2**.

** 2. ****What is the median formula for tables?**

The median is the mean of the two middle numbers if the number of terms is even. Sort the numbers based on their size. The median is the middle term in an odd number of terms. When there are even terms, add the two middlemost terms and divide by **2**.

**3. ****What is the formula 3 median?**

**3 Median = 2 Mode + Mean**

**Hint:** The relationship between mean, median, and mode is known as the empirical relationship.

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