# Excel - COLUMN Function Problem - Expert Solution

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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
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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
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
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
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
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
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