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In the versions of Microsoft Excel listed at the beginning of this article, if you click PivotTable Report on the Data menu, and then click Next to proceed to step 2 of the PivotTable Wizard, the Range reference box may contain the word "Database."
If you click Next, you may receive the following error message:
Reference is not valid.
This problem may occur if the following conditions are true:
NOTE: This problem does not occur in earlier versions of Microsoft Excel.
To work around this problem, select the range for the list that you want to use in the PivotTable, and then click Next.
Or, delete the invisible name Database by following these steps:
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article.
You can use the data form in Microsoft Excel to see, change, add, delete, and find records in a list or database. To use the data form, select any cell in a list or database, and then click Form on the Data menu.
Normally, if the "Database" defined name exists in a worksheet, the PivotTable Wizard correctly uses the range of cells referenced by the defined name. However, if "Database" the name was created by the data form, the name cannot be used by the PivotTable Wizard.