This article was previously published under Q213955
When you create a new PivotTable or refresh data for an existing PivotTable (by clicking Refresh Data on the Data menu), you may receive the following error message:
The PivotTable field name is not valid. To create a PivotTable, youmust use data that is organized as a list with labeled columns. If you are changing the name of a PivotTable field, you must type a new name for the field.
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This problem occurs when the first row of the range from which thePivotTable is attempting to pull data contains one or more empty cells.
Things to Try
To resolve this problem, use either of the following methods.
Method 1: Remove Empty Cells
Modify the first row so that it does not contain any empty cells.
Method 2: Select a Cell Range with No Empty Cells in the First Row
Change the range the PivotTable references to a range where the first rowdoes not contain empty cells. To change or determine the range of cells referenced by an existing PivotTable, follow these steps:
Select a cell within the PivotTable.
On the Data menu, click PivotTable Report and Print Chart Report.
On the PivotTable and PivotChart Wizard - Step 3 of 3 page, click Back to display the PivotTable and PivotChart Wizard - Step 2 of 3 page.
The current range for the PivotTable is displayed in the Range box. If you need to modify this range, type a new range in the Range box.
For more information about PivotTables, click Microsoft Excel Help on the Help menu, type Create a PivotTable Report in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click Search to view the topic.