# Concatenate Multiple Columns But Ignoring Blank Values

Aug 13, 2012
I wish to Concatenate contents of several columns into a separate column, i tried using the following "column1 & column2 & column3 etc..." however with this the blank cells get concatenated too...What should is use so that contents get concatenated but blank cells are ignored?

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Aug 18, 2014

I have created a drop down cell based on the cells in the first row of a particular table. Now when i select a particular cell from the drop down i want to fetch all the values in the respective column of the selected cell on to a different group of cells. While fetching the data to those group of cells, i want to ignore all the null, blank cells. All this actions shall be automated and shall happen simultaneously on selecting the drop down.

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Oct 2, 2007

i have a list which is populated with data from another sheet.. if there is no data in the corresponding cell on the other sheet then the cell is blank.. i've tried using:

=OFFSET($Z$2,0,0,MATCH(REPT("z",255),$Z:$Z))

but it doesn't see the blank cells as blank i.e. no data in them as they contain formula's.. (even although there are no values populated) - can anyone offer any help in relation to this???

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Aug 30, 2013

I need to average the columns of data and ignore both hidden rows and zero values. I have tried writing if statements as well as the subtotal function. Both functions either ignore null values or hidden rows but not both.

The system wont let me update a sample workbook but Im wondering whether there is a formula or combo formula for this.

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Dec 20, 2012

I have to correct a spreadsheet that takes a bunch of values and creates an average.

=average(N15;N29;N43;N57;N71;N85;N99;N113;N127;N141;N155;N169;N183;

N197;N211;N225;N241;N255;N269;N283;N301;N315;N329;N343;N357)*100%

I didn't create this. Anyway, the problem is that most of these cells will be empty unless a whole bunch of other stuff is filled. These N cells take several values, put them together and create a new one. As time goes by they are filled. While they aren't filled, they'll return the DIV/0 error.

So when that formula I pasted there uses all of these values, it also returns a DIV/0 error because it is getting info from cells that have this error.

I managed to correct that with this

=averageif(N15:N357;"<>#DIV/0!")*100%

It works like a charm save for one problem. When I use averageif I'm forced to use an interval. Along this interval other values show up (it is always a value ranging from 0 to 2). So when the formula works its magic the results are slightly skewed because of this other value that I don't want.

So I figure there must be two ways around this. The first one would be using something like averageif that lets me use several handpicked cells instead of an interval. If I try

=averageif(N15;N29;N43;N57;N71;N85;N99;N113;N127;N141;N155;N169;N183;

N197;N211;N225;N241;N255;N269;N283;N301;N315;N329;N343;N357;"<>#DIV/0!")*100%

It doesn't work, it says I have too many values. So if I could the exact same thing as I did with averageif but keeping all of these values it'd be super nice.

The other solution, less nice but equally effective I guess, is using this same interval but having more than one criteria. The first criteria would still be the one telling it to ignore DIV/0 error, the second criteria would be the one to ignore any values equal or lower than 2.

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Sep 6, 2013

I have a spread sheet where there are multiple rows of price quotes from different suppliers.

Some suppliers have quoted, some however have not and there is a "#N/A" or "no bid".

SupplierA

SupplierB

SupplierC

SupplierD

1.3

No Bid

2.3

No Bid

How can I get a conditional format to check each row for the lowest numeric bid, highlight it but ignore the text?? What I have tried so far doesn't work.

=G31=MAX($G$31:$J$31)

This does not seem to work, I don't know how to exclude the text values from the MAX function.

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Jul 16, 2008

=IF(Z2="","",Z2&","&IF(AA2="","",AA2&",")&IF(AB2="","",AB2&",")&IF(AC2="","",AC2&","))

I'm using the above formula to join text from columns Z through AC, separated by a comma. I now want to remove the comma at the end of the new string. Also, I would prefer it if the four cells were separated by a slash rather than a comma, but when I simply replace the commas in the formula with slashes I get an error.

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Jun 19, 2014

Using Excel 2010, I am trying to do a Sumproduct formula with two criteria, one of which needs to ignore text values.

Here is the set up:

Column AColumn BColumn C

(Side)(Qty)(Price)

Buy5,51215.67

Sell119,428null

Buy24,20945.77

Sell20,05412.25

...

I'm trying to find the sumproduct of Qty * Price if the side equals "Buy" (or "Sell") but ignoring the "null" value in column C. The formula I have is =SUMPRODUCT(--($A$2:$A$20="Buy")*IF(ISNUMBER($C$2:$C$20),--($B$2:$B$20*$C$2:$C$20)))

The result in the cell is 0, but if I open the Insert Function dialog box, I see the correct value being returned.

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Jul 23, 2014

two formulas for one data set. The data is attached in the spreadsheet: "Product IDs". The data is a set of Master Product IDs (parent) and the Linked to them Products (children). I need to create a relationship between unique parents (Master Product IDs) and their children (Linked Products)

I need to create two formulas:

1. From the Data Set table, need to vlookup the unique value in column A (Master Product ID) and return comma delimited (concatenated) corresponding values from column B (Linked Products). So, the result will be as shown in Table 2.

2. From the Data Set table, need to vlookup the unique (de-duplicated) parent/children relationship in column A (Master Product ID) and return comma delimited (concatenated) corresponding values from column B (Linked Products). There are total 3 parent/children relationships in Table 1. So, the result will be as shown in Table 3.

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Jun 21, 2008

I've searched quite a few times for Concatenating Multiple Columns and ones for Concatenating with Spaces.

I've found solutions that say use

=concatenate(A1, " ", B1)

or the VBA equivalent

I have at least 15-20 columns which I wish to concatenate.

Is there an easier way than to type for all 15 columns?

=concatenate(A1," ", B1," ", C1,....)

Also, the number of columns of each row vary

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May 8, 2014

Say in L4 on form test i want to look for the value of A4 in Drill data range a2 to z1000 and retun a concatenated string of something like "sav 407 : 08-may to 11-may"

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Aug 11, 2013

Sampling table :

one

two

three

four

one

two

three

one

two

one

Desired results obtained via IF =IF(B2>0,A2&" , ",A2)&IF(C2>0,B2&" , ",B2)&IF(D2>0,C2&" , ",C2)&IF(D2>0,D2,"")

one , two , three , four

one , two , three

one , two

one

Is there any smarter, shorter formula via Concatenate and Substitute or other formulas ?

My closest match, but not good enaugh is =SUBSTITUTE(CONCATENATE(A2&", "&B2&", "&C2&", "&D2), ", , ", " ")

[ returna 2 commad ]

one, two, three, four

one, two, three,

one, two

one ,

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Jul 30, 2014

I've made a "Budget Calendar" so to speak.., with my bills on the first sheet, and the Months in the following sheets. What I'm trying to do is say, for instance, the day is the 11th on the calendar, (there are two bills due on this day), and I have the bill scheduled to be on the 11th, can I use a formula to return what bills are due?

On the "Bill Dates" sheet, you can see where I'm kind of going with this...

On the August calendar, under the 11th, I want it to say "Internet, gas (utility)" in cell D20, or "Internet" and "gas (utility)" in D20&21, respectively.

I can get E20 to return the total bills due for the day using "=VLOOKUP("11th",'Bill Dates'!$B$2:$D$395,3,FALSE)", and it'd be awesome if I could get it to return them in different rows as well.

Finance Calendar.xlsx

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Mar 31, 2009

I am trying to find 3 values (X,Y,Z) in row A and concatenate those three values in column A for the entire range below, say A2:A100.

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Jun 10, 2014

The 3 vlookup will be in a single cell for concatenation like :

=vlookup1&"-"&vlookup2&"-"&vlookup3

Problem the are 3 vlookups where it will return names (with format -> Fname, Given Name Middle) and probably blank returns.

I have problem with the replace since there are also spaces between the Fname,Gname and Mname sample name with spaces.

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Apr 23, 2009

I'm trying to figure out if an employee is in probation period or not. I have this formula in S3 =IF(TODAY()-R3>90, "No", "Yes"). I need to leave S3 empty if no value in R3 (R3 contain hiring date)

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Jul 25, 2006

I have a dynamic drop down validation List, which comes from another

spreadsheet list and have a few random blank cells in it. I need to

drop these blank values from the List without making any change in the

parent list. I may also have some duplicate values in the List and need

to drop them too.

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Aug 10, 2009

I've got four columns of data. The first column contains pricing for a bunch of products from our company. The other three columns contain pricing for three other competitors. So for example:

Product | Our Price | Comp1 Price | Comp2 Price | Comp3 Price

Gloves | $4.59 | $5.00 |$6.00 | $3.56

Hats | $5.00 | | | $4.59

In column G right after Comp3 Price I have an IF statement that says if Comp1 Price is less than Comp2 Price, Comp3 Price, and Our Price, to print "Comp3" in that cell. If it is not less than the comparable data, then check Comp2 Price then Comp3 price in the same fashion. If Comp1, Comp2, or Comp3 is not less than Our Price then print "My Company Name." This will allow me to see who has the lowest price for that product and also tell me if that lowest price is lower than our price.

My problem is that I can't get it to work out so Excel ignores blank cells. So for example, Comp3 has the lowest price amongst our competitors for hats and is also lower than ours. But when I check for Comp3 price being lower than Comp1 and Comp2, it comes back as negative because Excel sees those cells as zeroes even though they're blank. My formula is:

=IF(AND(C2<D2,C2<E2,C2<B2),"COMP1",IF(AND(D2<E2,D2<C2,D2<B2),"COMP2",IF(AND(E2<C2,E2<D2,E2<B2),"COMP 3","MYCOMPANY")))

This would do exactly what I need Excel to do if it would ignore the blank cells. The problem is that Comp3 has pricing for hats because they offer hats, but comp1 and Comp2 don't offer hats at all, so naturally Comp3 has the lowest price; however, according to Excel Comp1 and Comp2 have the lowest price because the cells are blank and counted as zeroes.

So, does anyone know how to work this out so Comp3 will be counted as the lowest price for hats, ignoring the blank cells of Comp1 and Comp2?

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Feb 5, 2010

I am trying to return the criteria MET, NOT MET & EXCEEDS. This works when each cell contains a number, but when one is blank the formula below returns "EXCEEDS" I'm guessing this is because is sees a blank as zero.

=IF(BN102<$BJ102,"NOT MET",IF(BN102>$BJ102,"EXCEEDS",IF(BN102=$BJ102,"MET")))

I've tried using this alternative but it still returns the same.

=IF(BO102<$BJ102,"NOT MET",IF(BO102>$BJ102,"EXCEEDS",IF(BO102=$BJ102,"MET",IF(ISBLANK(B102)," ",""))))

Basically I need to know how to make excel ignore the blank cell and not see it as zero thus returning "EXCEEDS". Although the cell values are integers they are derived from another cell using the following formula, I'm not sure if this makes any difference

=IF(ISERROR(VLOOKUP(BO11,$BH$63:$BI$87,2,FALSE)),"",(VLOOKUP(BO11,$BH$63:$BI$87,2,FALSE)))

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Jun 15, 2009

I have a column with with Employee ID numbers, with anywhere from 2-5 blanks rows in between them. In another sheet I want a column that returns these ID numbers without the blank rows in between. All of the ID's begin with "N", for example:

I have:

N33333

(blank row)

(blank row)

N22222

(blank row)

(blank row)

(blank row)

N66666

I want:

N33333

N22222

N66666

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Jun 20, 2014

So in Cell K12 there is a rather large formula (I condensed it for this example).

This formula is to average out the respective cells in column J. For each cell there is a possibility of 9 different entries. NRT, N/O, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

So based on the formula in K12 I need Cell J12 to Display the answer.

if any one of the Cells referenced in the formula are NRT then I need it to Display NRT. Which the Formula does now.

The problem comes in when a Cell is N/O (Not Observed)

How do I get the formula to Ignore N/O currently I have it set up to recognize N/O as 0. But excel averages 0 in and it affects the answer.

I know in a simple formula I can add <>0 to the formula to ignore zeros. How to write it into a bigger formula such as in K12.

For example the current numbers in Cells J17:J25 should average 5 however the formula averages it as 1 because it calculates N/O as 0.

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Feb 4, 2010

I've read dozens of threads on how to have conditional formatting ignore blank cells but I am not understanding how to make it happen myself...

Logic: Highlight the cells that are >=10 but ignore the blank cells that have functions in them

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Sep 5, 2009

Using formula rather than VB, I would like to calculate the number of blank cells that appear in a column BEFORE the first active cell but exclude any blank cells that appear after the first active cell. To elaborate, I have sheets that contain the days of each month and I need to exclude for other calculation purposes, the number of days (cells) where no entry of data has been input at the beginning of a month, NOT after the first data entry. ie. September has 30 days.

The first data entry is the 10th and there are no entries (thus far) after the 10th, the result that I seek, will be 20 (although only one cell has data), being the days left in the month AFTER the first entry. I have looked at COUNT functions but cannot find an solution. Perhaps it's not possible using basic formula?

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Oct 24, 2011

I am trying to get a rolling 8wk avg of a large group of data. I am trying to take the avg of 8 vlookups:

=AVERAGE(VLOOKUP($A$9,'Raw Data'!$A:$DV,MATCH(B8,'Raw Data'!$2:$2,0), FALSE),VLOOKUP($A$9-7,'Raw Data'!$A:$DV,MATCH(B8,'Raw Data'!$2:$2,0), FALSE),VLOOKUP($A$9-14,'Raw Data'!$A:$DV,MATCH(B8,'Raw Data'!$2:$2,0), FALSE),VLOOKUP($A$9-21,'Raw Data'!$A:$DV,MATCH(B8,'Raw Data'!$2:$2,0), FALSE),VLOOKUP($A$9-28,'Raw Data'!$A:$DV,MATCH(B8,'Raw Data'!$2:$2,0), FALSE),VLOOKUP($A$9-35,'Raw Data'!$A:$DV,MATCH(B8,'Raw Data'!$2:$2,0), FALSE),VLOOKUP($A$9-42,'Raw Data'!$A:$DV,MATCH(B8,'Raw Data'!$2:$2,0), FALSE),VLOOKUP($A$9-49,'Raw Data'!$A:$DV,MATCH(B8,'Raw Data'!$2:$2,0), FALSE))

However, in some cases, the cell to be looked-up may be blank. Using the formula above, the result of these vlookups is "0". I want to take the average of these vlookups excluding the blanks from the 'Raw Data' sheet.

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Dec 28, 2007

I have a workbook which has data in column A. I also have data in column I. What im trying to do is copy and paste the data from column I to A but if the cell in column I is blank I need that ignored and the data thats in column A at pres kept.

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Sep 30, 2009

I am trying to add up wins and loses for individuals on a team. 6 players

There are 3 games per match and one match a week for 15 weeks. One sheet per week.

The players are inputted randomly each week. And the scores are entered after the match.

The following is a part of the formula that I am using but it returns a #NA because the cells in the weeks not played yet are blank, players and scores. Is there a better way to do this or a way I can ignore the blank cells until they are entered. Thanks in advance.

=SUM(LOOKUP($A$17,'Week 1'!$C$20:$D$23,'Week 1'!$E$20:$E$23),LOOKUP($A$17,'Week 2'!$C$20:$D$23,'Week 2'!$E$20:$E$23),etc.)

A17 is the players name, 1st range is where the players name would be entered, 2nd range is where the score is entered.

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Feb 14, 2007

1. First thing I am trying to do. I have a column of cells that have multiple values, some with text and some with no values at all. I want to be able to display in A1 the most commonly occurring text in cells C1:C15, and be able to display in B1 the number of times that A1 occurs in the same range. Below are the formulas that I am using. There are two problems that I am running into: First, the formula returns a #NA error if any of the cells in the range are left blank. Second, the formula counts the spaces or zeros, so if there are more blanks than the word “amber” then A1 returns “ ” and B1 returns the corresponding number.

A1

=INDEX(C1:C15,(MODE(MATCH(C1:C15,C1:C15,0))))

B1

=COUNTIF(C1:C16,A1)

2. Second thing I am trying to do. In A2 I want to display the second most commonly occurring text in the range, with it’s corresponding count in cell B2, and the third most in A3 and B3, etc

Illustration:

C1 Amber

C2 Red

C3

C4

C5

C6 Red

Desired result:

A1 "Red" B1 "2"

A2 "Amber" B2 "1"

Results with forumla as posted

A1 " " B1 "3"

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Oct 2, 2007

I have a range that is filled with formulae and the the number of rows in the range with data changes as the formulae reevaluate the inputs. So the rows with visible data changes between one row and 200 rows. By looking at the output in the first column of the range, Col M and finding the last row where the formulae returns data, I need a way of selecting across the columns of the range (M1 through to Qi) where i is the number of rows that have data in.

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Mar 26, 2014

I'm trying to rank the values in cells S32:S38 in ascending order while ignoring zeros and negative values. I also need to rank duplicate values with a unique ranking, so that no ranking value is repeated. I tried the formula below, but the ranking values start at "2" instead of "1" and I can't figure out how to fix it.

Formula:

[Code] ....

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Feb 19, 2013

I have a spreadsheet with columns and columns of data. What I'd like to do is identify which rows have blank/no data in all specified columns (H, K, O, S, U, W, and Y).

To clarify, I need to identify each row where all of these columns are blank (as opposed to each row where at least 1 column is blank).

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