Pivot table and date sorting/grouped by months/years when empty cells in selected data

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I am just starting to use pivot table and I have to say it si so helpful!

I am not able to group my date data per month/year.

In my selected column of date I have many empty cells, this seems to be my issue, nevertheless I cannot remove all of them or even sort this column.

I wanted to know if it was possible to group my dates by month and years even with these empty cells? For exemple, can I replace the empty cells by something else using a formula or anything else?

Will be happy to read your suggestions/advices/solutions

Thank you very much,




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Step 1 - Split your Date Column like this
15-March-2022 | Year(Date) | Text(Date, "MMM")
So you should have an helper column in years and Months
Then Load the table to Pivot Table > Drag the Month Field to Rows and Years To Column Fields and Amount to Values Field.

Does your formula for the dates have blanks? For whatever reason, the pivot recognizes a true blank cell differently than a formula that returns "". True blanks don't affect grouping but the formula ones will not allow you to group.

You could try using PowerQuery to do the data cleaning and then your output will have true blanks and thus be able to be manipulated & grouped correctly through a pivot.





thank you very much for your response, 

Yes, I have formula and not real blanks, maybe it is my problem, let me try that first.

Power query, don't know this. I have to check if I have it and how it works to put real blanks


I am sorry, I don't really understand your question, like this how?
the data table on the left or the pivot tables on the right?