My row data has numeric values as strings so of course it sorts as strings. How can I force it to sort as numbers? It seems I can't use a formula in the pivot table.
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the pivot tables in Excel are very underwhelmingly underpowered. I would recommend creating an new row in your data table and convert the strings to numbers there then use that new row in the pivot table. 


One workaround might be to copy your pivot table and "paste special as values" to a new sheet. Then you can convert them to numbers or use formulas. 

