# Excel - COLUMN Function Problem - Expert Solution

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I am trying to make a pulled inventory sheet for work. In column A i have a part number, in B i have the quantity of the part, and in C i have a place to put an "x" when the product is used. I want to link these in a different tab labeled pulled inventory so that every time i mark "x" for complete, the pulled inventory is populated with the part and quantity used.
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Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:12
Hi…Welcome to Got It Pro
User 18/06/2018 - 07:12
hi
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:12
Could you please share your data so that its easier for us to start working on the formula/
User 18/06/2018 - 07:13
can i use the table to create a scenario
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:13
Sure
User 18/06/2018 - 07:14
how do you create a table in this doc
User 18/06/2018 - 07:14
i need a 3x3 table
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:15
You please input the data
User 18/06/2018 - 07:15
and two different tabs
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:15
I will set it as a table
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:15
I have created 2 sheets - Sheet 1 & 2
User 18/06/2018 - 07:15
both with tables
User 18/06/2018 - 07:16
it is not letting me insert a table like on excel
User 18/06/2018 - 07:18
i want my table to populate my second sheet once i mark each info as complete with an x
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:19
Google sheet allows that with script
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:19
Can we not do it without table, just with simple range
User 18/06/2018 - 07:20
i want to use an if statement to say if this coolumn is marked x than find this specific part and put in on my pulled inventory sheet
User 18/06/2018 - 07:20
but i want to make it dynamic so i do not have to put the parts in order
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:20
Which sheet is the pulled inventory here?
User 18/06/2018 - 07:20
sheet two
User 18/06/2018 - 07:22
so i can put in different parts at different times so order does not matter
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:22
So you would like to pull anything which is marked X from sheet 1 to Pulled sheet, is that right?
User 18/06/2018 - 07:22
yes
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:23
ok...I think I get your idea.
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:23
Let me formulate it and let's see if that will work for you.
User 18/06/2018 - 07:23
i had a formula i just couldnt get it to be dynamic
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:24
If you can actually share your excel file, it will be of great help.
User 18/06/2018 - 07:24
let me edit it and i will send it.
User 18/06/2018 - 07:24
its not google sheets is thst okay
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:24
Sure...that will be really nice
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:25
Yes, no issues
User 18/06/2018 - 07:25
and will this countdown timer kick me out
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:25
It will automatically extend
User 18/06/2018 - 07:26
okay i will let you know when i finish the doc
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:26
ok
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:27
In the meantime, I have also done a formula here in google sheet cell A2
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:28
This will dynamically pull all those part numbers which has a X in Completed column, when you pull down the formula.
User 18/06/2018 - 07:31
this may take ten minutes is that a problem
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:32
no problem
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:32
But can you quickly have a look at the formula that I have done
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:32
May be that is what you are looking for
User 18/06/2018 - 07:33
i need the quantity to transfer over as well
User 18/06/2018 - 07:33
after i mark x on sheet 1 i need part number and quantity to populate the pulled inventory tab
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:33
yes, it will
User 18/06/2018 - 07:34
its only pulling the part
User 18/06/2018 - 07:34
oh wait i see thats better
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:34
Please have a look now in column B
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:35
You can just drag down this formula till however many rows you have a X in your Sheet1
User 18/06/2018 - 07:35
is it dynamic
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:35
Please note this is an array formula.
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:35
Yes, it is
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:36
You will need to hit Control+Shift+Enter after entering the formula in the first cell of each column, say here cell A2 and B2
User 18/06/2018 - 07:36
so if i choose something from row 33 and mark it with an x it will automatically update the next line of my pulled inventory tab
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:36
Then your formula will get enclosed in a curly bracket.
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:37
yes, absolutely
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:37
You can test it right away
User 18/06/2018 - 07:37
okay how to i transfer this formula to my document
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:38
If you share your file, I can help it out
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:38
Otherwise, you can change the cell references based on your data
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:38
Sheet1!\$A:\$C is the table on Sheet 1 from where your are pulling your data
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:39
Sheet1!\$C:\$C is the column you have 'X' on
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:39
ROW(Sheet1!\$A:\$A) will be the the part number column
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:40
,2) is the column reference based how wide is your table
User 18/06/2018 - 07:40
i will base those changes on what you said and tell you if it worked
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:40
like here we just have 3 columns, so I say 1 for part number and 2 for quantity
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:40
sure
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:40
But please remember to hit Control+Shift+Enter
User 18/06/2018 - 07:41
what does control+shift+enter do
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:41
and you will see curly brackets surrounding your formula which means you have successfully created the array formula
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:42
I am uploading this same file as excel to help you better.
[Uploaded an Excel file]
User 18/06/2018 - 07:42
do i do this before or after the fromula
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:42
After you put int the formula, in the typing mode within the cell you will press the key combo
User 18/06/2018 - 07:43
let me try that one second
User 18/06/2018 - 07:45
for the \$A\$C is that the headers or just the table
User 18/06/2018 - 07:46
i am wondering if i include the headers or not in my data set
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:46
its the complete table
User 18/06/2018 - 07:46
headers and all?
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:46
yes
User 18/06/2018 - 07:48
and \$C\$C includes the header and all data correct
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:48
Yes
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:49
Ok..I have created tables in this one
[Uploaded an Excel file]
User 18/06/2018 - 07:51
what is the row, 4:4 at the end
User 18/06/2018 - 07:51
and ,1
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:52
4:4 should show 1:1 at your first row
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:52
It is sequencing all the rows which has an X in it
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:52
And ,1 is the column reference from your table
User 18/06/2018 - 07:52
okay im confused
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:52
Like Part in column A so it say ,1 and then Quantity in column B so ,2
User 18/06/2018 - 07:53
what would 4;4 come from
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:53
ok...you will first enter the formula in row 2, right?
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:53
there it will say Row(1:1)
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:54
When you drag it down, it will say Row(2:2) next, then Row(3:3) below and so on
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:54
Does that make sense?
User 18/06/2018 - 07:54
okay so i just finished the sheet 1 A:A part of my formula
User 18/06/2018 - 07:54
now i write row
User 18/06/2018 - 07:55
then i do what
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:55
and just copy exactly, what I have
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:55
,ROW(1:1)),1),"")
User 18/06/2018 - 07:56
but my page looks different than yours its not an exact copy just a simplified version with many different columns and thousands of rows
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:57
That is the reason I wanted to have a look atleast without data, if those are confidential
User 18/06/2018 - 07:58
i mean i can create that for you if you like but i was so close to finishing i wonndered where exactly that 4:4 came from
User 18/06/2018 - 07:59
like is that on sheet one or pulled sheet
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:59
Your cursor currently on this sheet in cell A5, that is the reason you are seeing 4:4
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 07:59
You move your cursor to cell A2, you will see Row(1:1)
User 18/06/2018 - 08:00
oh so i literally type 1:1
User 18/06/2018 - 08:00
it might be easier to send
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 08:00
yep
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 08:01
You can also select first row after typing Row...whatever works for you
User 18/06/2018 - 08:01
okay give me 10
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 08:01
That is just to signify that you want the first item which has a X
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 08:01
We are just left with 10 mins
User 18/06/2018 - 08:02
okay i will try and write it
User 18/06/2018 - 08:02
give me a sec
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 08:02
The session has auto extended twice, so it wont allow you to extend further.
User 18/06/2018 - 08:06
so 1:1 means from first row to column
User 18/06/2018 - 08:07
mines in row 20
User 18/06/2018 - 08:07
so would it still be 1:1
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 08:07
what is in row 20?
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 08:07
We just have 4 mins left
User 18/06/2018 - 08:07
im looking at the 2;2 at the end
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 08:08
I don't think we can complete it in this session. Would you like to come back for a new session after clearing your file and ready to upload so that we can solve it
User 18/06/2018 - 08:08
is there an email i can finish this at with you or no
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 08:08
Unfortunately, we do not have that facility.
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 08:09
Our experts are available here, so you can come back once you are ready.
User 18/06/2018 - 08:09
but it wont be free correct
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 08:09
It depends if you have subscribed or have you bought just one session.
User 18/06/2018 - 08:10
just one
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 08:10
Then, I am afraid, you will have to pay for the next session.
User 18/06/2018 - 08:10
okay i guess i will have to figure the rest out on my own thanks for the help
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 08:11
The array formula that I gave you is a dynamic and little complicated.
Excelchat Expert 18/06/2018 - 08:11
Thanks for your time. Have a great day ahead!

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