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Turn Off AutoFit Column Width For All Pivot Tables

By Chris Newman •  Updated: 03/22/22 •  4 min read
VBA snippet to turn off AutoFit columns on all Pivot Tables

What This VBA Code Does

If you live dangerously and have multiple Pivot Tables sporadically on a single sheet (I’ve dabbled a few times…), you may have noticed whenever you refresh your Pivots, the column widths can get screwed up.

This is because by default Excel will autofit the column width specifically for the Active Pivot Table you refreshed (ignoring width requirements of all other Pivot Tables). This consequently can make data in your other Pivot Tables appear in the dreaded “###” format!

After constantly having to go through and re-adjust my column widths in a particular file of mine, the decision was made that I needed to turn off the Pivot Table setting called “Autofit column widths on update”. Now I didn’t want to go through and manually change this setting for all my pivot tables, so I quickly whipped up a VBA macro to do it for me!

VBA pivot table options menu

VBA Code:

This VBA code will show you how to loop through all the PivotTables on the currently selected worksheet and turn off the Autofit setting. This will prevent all your PivotTables from adjusting column widths based on the PivotTable that is currently getting refreshed.

Sub TurnAutoFitOff_PivotTables()
'PURPOSE: Turn off Autofit Column Width On Update Setting for every Pivot Table
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/the-code-vault

Dim pvt As PivotTable

'Loop through each PivotTable in ActiveSheet
  For Each pvt In ActiveSheet.PivotTables
    pvt.HasAutoFormat = False
  Next pvt

End Sub

Using VBA Code Found On The Internet

Now that you’ve found some VBA code that could potentially solve your Excel automation problem, what do you do with it? If you don’t necessarily want to learn how to code VBA and are just looking for the fastest way to implement this code into your spreadsheet, I wrote an article (with video) that explains how to get the VBA code you’ve found running on your spreadsheet.

Getting Started Automating Excel

Are you new to VBA and not sure where to begin? Check out my quickstart guide to learning VBA. This article won’t overwhelm you with fancy coding jargon, as it provides you with a simplistic and straightforward approach to the basic things I wish I knew when trying to teach myself how to automate tasks in Excel with VBA Macros.

Also, if you haven’t checked out Excel’s latest automation feature called Power Query, I have put together a beginner’s guide for automating with Excel’s Power Query feature as well! This little-known built-in Excel feature allows you to merge and clean data automatically with little to no coding!

How Do I Modify This To Fit My Specific Needs?

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I wish you the best of luck and I hope this tutorial gets you heading in the right direction!

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Chris Newman

Chris Newman

Chris is a finance professional and Excel MVP recognized by Microsoft since 2016. With his expertise, he founded TheSpreadsheetGuru blog to help fellow Excel users, where he shares his vast creative solutions & expertise. In addition, he has developed over 7 widely-used Excel Add-ins that have been embraced by individuals and companies worldwide.