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i need a formula that returns a group of different lists in one column with each list showing under each other in one column

Solved by K. F. in 60 mins

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Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:25

Hello :)

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:25

Can you please describe what you're looking for in a little more detail?

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:25

Showing an example would be ideal.

User
19/03/2018 - 12:25

ok hang on

User
19/03/2018 - 12:28

ok so hi, and i hope this one is easy for you

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:28

Me too :)

User
19/03/2018 - 12:29

want all the data in sheets 2 and onwards to list in Sheet1!A:A

User
19/03/2018 - 12:29

first of all i should ask can this be done

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:30

It can certainly be done. There are a few constraints that we have though.

User
19/03/2018 - 12:30

now i should also probably say one more thing

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:30

So, this ideally, could be accomplished via VBA.

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:30

However, Got It PRO no longer supports VBA solutions.

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:30

There is a workaround though.

User
19/03/2018 - 12:31

the data in the other sheets is listed using a formula so for example in sheet 2 A:A there is a formula that returns the data that is there

User
19/03/2018 - 12:31

that data list may change size

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:31

It will require creating A column in Sheet1 for each Sheet you have in your file.

User
19/03/2018 - 12:31

will this be a problem

User
19/03/2018 - 12:32

no see i want all the different lists in the other sheets to show in column A:A after one another

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:32

It will, there will just be additional columns to bring the data in.

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:33

It is the only way to work around VBA.

User
19/03/2018 - 12:33

i don't want the lists from the other sheets to list next to each other i want them to list after each other in column A:A

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:33

It's called using helper column.

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:33

You can hide the helper columns so you do not see them.

User
19/03/2018 - 12:33

ok so why do we need helper column will there be a formula in this helper column?

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:33

I'll show you what I mean, and you can tell me if the solution will work for you.

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:34

Yes.

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:34

The, I will add a formula in A1 to bring in all the data in order.

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:34

using an if statement.

User
19/03/2018 - 12:34

can we not use the columns in the other sheets as our helper columns?

User
19/03/2018 - 12:34

can we not add the helper formula to the formula that exists in the other sheets column or is it too difficult

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:34

No, I don't believe so.

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:35

Let me review a possible solution.

User
19/03/2018 - 12:35

ok

User
19/03/2018 - 12:35

show me

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:35

Will the number of sheets(tabs) change?

User
19/03/2018 - 12:36

hey can we put the helper columns in a seperate sheet instead of hiding them in the sheet 1?

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:36

In other words, will you add sheets.

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:36

Yes.

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:36

Also, will more data be added into each sheet/

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:36

?

User
19/03/2018 - 12:37

no the tabs will remain the same number but the data in the sheet will change and the quantity of data down the column will get more or less

User
19/03/2018 - 12:37

no extra tabs

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:37

Okay, got it. Thank you.

User
19/03/2018 - 12:37

the data in those sheets is returned from elsewhere by a formula in the cells

User
19/03/2018 - 12:39

ok great so its all possible

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:39

I'm reviewing now how this will work.

User
19/03/2018 - 12:39

great thanks

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:42

What is the largest number of rows any sheet will have?

User
19/03/2018 - 12:43

ok so 2000

User
19/03/2018 - 12:43

but there willl not be data in there its just a precaution as the list is populated by a formula from another file

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:44

Okay, no worries, that will not cause any issues.

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:44

As long as the formula doesn't return a value.

User
19/03/2018 - 12:45

just lists of names but can the name have some letters and some digits?

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:45

Yup, that'll be fine. This formula will bring in anything from that list.

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:48

I wish we still had VBA, this would take half the time.

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:55

Okay, so just so you know how this works, I'm bringing everything to the Helper sheet.

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:55

Then, stagering the data, so that I can bring it all together using offset.

User
19/03/2018 - 12:55

ok

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:56

If you look at J:M, that is where the data will be stagered using a complex formula to find multiple lookups.

User
19/03/2018 - 12:56

sheet 1?

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:56

Helper.

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:59

Okay, so the helper piece is complete.

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:59

=IFERROR(INDEX(B$2:B$1000,SMALL(IF($A$2:$A$1000=J$1,ROW($A$2:$A$1000)),ROW(1:1))),"")

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:59

That is the formula to pull in the data from each tab.

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 12:59

It has to adjust a little bit based on the column which it is pulling.

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 01:00

A:H is just bringing in the raw data in separate columns.

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 01:01

Then, J:M is organizing the data by staggering it so that it can be transfered successfully to Sheet1.

User
19/03/2018 - 01:01

ok

User
19/03/2018 - 01:06

looks good it looks like your done

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 01:07

I'm making sure it is pulling in correctly first.

User
19/03/2018 - 01:07

ok

User
19/03/2018 - 01:07

can you then upload to me as a excel spreadsheet?

User
19/03/2018 - 01:07

so i don't have to copy and paste from the example sheet

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 01:08

You, can do that by going to file-Download as which will allow you to save this file to your computer.

User
19/03/2018 - 01:08

ok so click on file then click on download as?

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 01:08

Yup.

User
19/03/2018 - 01:08

wow cool

User
19/03/2018 - 01:09

the formula in sheet 1 A:A is long

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 01:09

Yes :)

User
19/03/2018 - 01:09

how did you figure it out so quick

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 01:09

I have practiced Excel for many years and have some formulas memorized.

User
19/03/2018 - 01:09

yikes

User
19/03/2018 - 01:12

so r u still checking

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 01:13

Yes, I need to figure out a way to stagger the helper column because all the data did not pull in.

User
19/03/2018 - 01:13

ok

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 01:22

It should be good now.

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 01:23

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1U5rDzJqeyGS5qgv1tX1CmWS2mSlgkl34YBrP4rCVhtM/edit#gid=0

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 01:23

Sorry, go to that link and check.

User
19/03/2018 - 01:23

so it works?

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 01:23

Yup :)

User
19/03/2018 - 01:23

in here it looks like there are errors is it ok?

User
19/03/2018 - 01:24

can i download from there?

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 01:24

Yes, I would use the link.

Excelchat Expert
19/03/2018 - 01:24

Yes, using the same process.

User
19/03/2018 - 01:24

ok great thanks i will check

User
19/03/2018 - 01:24

and you so much

User
19/03/2018 - 01:24

thank you so much