Excel – How do I change my Pivot Table back to the classic (version 2003 and earlier) display?

If you were familiar with Pivot tables in Excel versions prior to Excel 2007 you will be very used to working with the blue lines of the Pivot Table and the ability to drag and drop data right on to the Pivot Table.

In Excel 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 Pivot Tables are now quite different. The blue lines are gone, along with the wonderful drag-and-drop feature.

The image below shows how the Pivot Table area is displayed in the newer versions of Excel.

I’ve had a few people share with me their disappointment at having lost these features.

The great thing is that they aren’t lost, only hidden. If you would like to return to the classic Pivot Table layout:

  1. From the Options tab click the Options button (on the far left of the Ribbon, in the Pivot Table group).
  2. Click the Display tab.
  3. Select Classic PivotTable layout (enables dragging of fields in the grid).
  4. Click OK.

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