PowerPivot hide columns and unhide

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In this step by step PowerPivot Tutorial I will show you how to using PowerPivot hide columns and unhide them. For the purpose of this tutorial I will use PowerPivot in Excel 2013.

Other Versions of Excel:

  • PowePivot Excel 2013 (v3)
    • This blog post has been written using PowerPivot in Excel 2013
  • PowerPivot Excel 2010 (v2) - SQL Server 2012
    • The step we will use should be similar in Excel 2010 with PowerPivot SQL Server 2012 (v2)
  • PowerPivot Excel 2010 (v1) - SQL Server 2008 R2
    • The step we will use should be similar in Excel 2010 with PowerPivot SQL Server 2008 R2 (v1)

Who is it for?

  • People who would like to improve user experience with PowerPivot model and hide some columns

See below PivotTable taht uses PowerPivot model and notice that we have quite a few IDs (Primary Keys and Foreign Keys). In our case those IDs are meaningless and users should not use them therefore in we will hide the columns from users.

PowerPivot unwanted fields


PowerPivot hide column

In order to hide column open PowerPivot window. Right click the header of the column and click hide from client tools.

Hide from client tools

The column itself will not disapear but it will not be avialable in client tools (like Excel PivotTable) and you can see which columns are hidden from client because they are grayed out. See below.

Hidden column

I have repeated these steps for all IDs in PowerPivot model.


PowerPivot unhide column

I have hidden all column in Visits table!! Upsss I have also hidden my Google Position which I want to keep for now. To unhide the column I right click column header and click Unhide from Client Tools

Unhide column in PowerPivot


Let's check how our model presents itself in PivotTable now.

You can see below that there are much fewer fields and makes the navigation of PivotTable fields much easier for users.

PivotTable Fields

I hope that helps.

Take care



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