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Excel Formula to create Unique list form multiple columns in Excel

Introduction: Say Goodbye to Excel Headaches!

Ever felt overwhelmed by managing lists in Excel, especially when they sprawl across multiple columns? You’re definitely not alone! In our fun and informative YouTube tutorial, “Excel Formula to Create Unique List from Multiple Columns in Excel,” we’ve tackled this exact problem. And guess what? This blog post is going to take you through that journey with even more clarity and engagement. Get ready to transform your Excel woes into wins!

First, Let’s Set the Scene

Imagine this: You’re organizing an exciting multi-game tournament – maybe it’s Carrom, Ludo, and Chess. You’ve got participants’ names listed in Columns A, B, and C. But here’s where it gets tricky – some players are multi-talented and appear in more than one list. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to create a single, sorted list of all participants, free from any duplicates. Sounds challenging? Well, not anymore!

Game wise Participants
Game wise Participants

The Magic Solution

Here’s the star of our show – the formula=SORT(UNIQUE(TOCOL(A3:C19,1)),1).” This little line of text is your ticket to simplicity. Let’s break it down, shall we?

UNIQUE(TOCOL(A3:C19,1)): This part is like a friendly wizard. It takes your jumbled columns and neatly lines them up into one, all the while making sure each name is as unique as a snowflake – no repeats!

SORT(…): Next up, the SORT function jumps in like a helpful organizer. It takes your unique list and tidies it up into a well-ordered sequence. Easy to read, easy to use.

Your Easy-Peasy Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Prep Your Data

Grab your data and line it up in Columns A, B, and C. Each column is a different game, filled with names of eager participants.

Step 2: Wave the Magic Formula Wand

Head over to the cell where you want this magic list to appear (let’s pick E3). Type in the formula =SORT(UNIQUE(TOCOL(A3:C19,1)),1) and hit Enter. Just like that!

Step 3: Marvel at Your Success

Watch in awe as Excel flexes its muscles, turning your multi-column headache into a streamlined, no-duplicate, sorted list. It’s like magic, but better – it’s Excel magic!

Unique and Sorted Participant list
Unique and Sorted Participant list

Wrapping Up: You’re Now an Excel Wizard!

And there you have it! You’ve not only solved a common Excel challenge, but you’ve done it with style and ease. This technique isn’t just a one-hit-wonder; it’s a nifty trick for any situation where you need to merge and sort data from multiple columns.

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