I need to lock pivot table header row height


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Guest

I apply word wrap on column headings in my pivot table. This expands the
header row to 6 lines high. Then I manually resize the row back to 3 lines
high to conserve space. However, now when I alter the filters on the table,
the pivot table resizes the header back to 6 lines high. How can I lock the
header height? I've managed to do this somehow on some older spreadsheets,
but even when I try to use the format painter to transfer the settings from
sheets that do have a fixed header row height to my new pivot table row, it
still can't keep the row height fixed less than the word wrap wants it to be.
 
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Debra Dalgleish

Right-click on a cell in the pivot table, and choose Table Options
Remove the check mark from AutoFormat table
Add a check mark to Preserve formatting
Click OK
 
G

Guest

Debra,
Thanks for your answer, I was toggling those settings, I should have
mentioned. After seeing how word wrap was treated by the pivot table fields I
was able to figure out the problem. If you select the row and apply word
wrap, the pivot table treats the selection as applying to the field name
(like when you have the down arrow in the pivot table header and select). The
full answer was to select just part of the pivot table and also outside the
pivot table, then the wrap appears to apply just to the cells selected. Then
you can manually set the row height and the pivot table allows the manual
override to continue when it updates.
Regards, Mark
 
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Header Height workaround

The previous suggestions did not work for me, but the following workaround did:
  • the constant resizing of the header row stems from the interplay between column width and row height
  • remove autofit from all columns other than the first pivot column
  • ensure that word wrap is turned on for the header row cells
  • ensure that column labels in the header row have a horizontal orientation
  • look for the header cell that is dominating the overall row height and make that column wider
  • refresh; header row height will diminish and stay constant upon further refreshes or drilldowns
  • if desired Header Height has not been reached, repeat the process using the newly dominant header cell
 

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