Highlight the desired pivot table source data range (including headers), then click the key combo. A version 2007+ pivot table will be created on a new sheet. The pivot will be pre-setup with my favorite features.
Its source will be a dynamic-named-range, meaning its data source will expand or contract based on the filled rows of data.
Be black / white
In tabular form
Have subtotals turned off
Repeated values turned on (if available)
And no non-existing items remembered in filters after refresh.