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I had asked the question below and you had offered to write a macro for me.  I had tried to respond but I guess it didn't post.  If you could write the macro for me, I would appreciate it.  The data is sorted.  Let me know if you need any other information.  Thanks!!!

If I have data like this (5 columns):

35   1   2   3   4
35   5   6   7   8
35   9  10  11  12
40  13  14  15  16
40  17  18  19  20
42  21  22  23  24
42  25  26  27  28
42  29  30  31  32

and I needed this result below by comparing the firt column, what formula would I use?

35   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10  11  12  
40  13  14  15  16  17  18  19  20
42  21  22  23  24  25  26  27  28  29  30  31  32


With the variable length of data, I'm not able to think of a normal function that would do this - my SUGGESTION would be to use a macro to get the data transformed - if that is an acceptable solution, I'm happy to write such a macro - is the original data already sorted, or would it need to check all rows for a match?

Your previous question did post, and you should have received notification of the reply sometime yesterday - the answer I gave was:

This macro should do the job - it will write the data to sheet2 (so there needs to be a blank sheet2, or the reference needs changing) and it assumes that the data starts in A1 on the active sheet - amend as necessary.  If you need further help, do ask - and if it helps my direct email is

Sub sorter()
Dim n, m
n = 1
m = 2
Dim outvar As Long
outvar = 1
Dim holdvar
holdvar = Range("A1").Value
While Cells(n, 1).Value <> ""
  'need to store the data onto an output sheet
  Sheets("Sheet2").Cells(outvar, 1).Value = holdvar
  Sheets("Sheet2").Cells(outvar, m).Value = Cells(n, 2).Value
  Sheets("Sheet2").Cells(outvar, m + 1).Value = Cells(n, 3).Value
  Sheets("Sheet2").Cells(outvar, m + 2).Value = Cells(n, 4).Value
  Sheets("Sheet2").Cells(outvar, m + 3).Value = Cells(n, 5).Value
  n = n + 1
  If Cells(n, 1).Value <> holdvar Then
  'different so reset M and outvar goes up one
  outvar = outvar + 1
  m = 2
  holdvar = Cells(n, 1).Value
  'increase M by 4
  m = m + 4
  End If

End Sub

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