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# Excel/4 Column, 10 Row range --> 1 Row?

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QUESTION: Hi, Tom!
Hopefully you can help me; I work in Excel (2011 for Mac) 10 hours a day, and have learned SO much, but if I can learn this ONE trick, I can probably stop working 2 hours Overtime each day!!
I can give you way more detail than you need probably, if you would like to hear it, otherwise, I'll get to the question...
I would like to take a 10 item list-  consisting of 10 rows, but 4 columns (Material Number, Description, Relationship, and a blank cell) and with minimal effort, get that 10R4C list into 1 horizontal row... here is a 3 item example (I chose a period to indicate the blank cell.)
I'd create a data range looking like this (minus the period and vertical line)
9780618767670|HMM MO LESSON PLANNR DOWNLD LK-6 07|Derivative|.
9780618767700|HMM NJ LESSON PLANNR DOWNLD LK-6 07|Derivative|.

I want to find a way to make it look like THIS
9780618767670|HMM MO LESSON PLANNR DOWNLD LK-6 07|Derivative|.9780547056081|HMM MS LESSON PLNR DOWNLOADS, LV K-6|SE/TE Common Spec|.9780618767700|HMM NJ LESSON PLANNR DOWNLD LK-6 07|Derivative|.

Obviously, space prevents the ability to show you the data range is now on one line.. I used a three row example, but sometimes it could be as many as 60 rows (4 columns is constant).
Can this be done relatively easily?  Taking a 36R,4C list and using freeze panes and copy and paste takes about 15 minutes per row, and I have over 100 in this particular spreadsheet, so this skill is KEY!Thank you!!

I put your data in A2:D4
in E2 I put this formula:  =A2&"|"&B2&"|"&C2&"|"&D2
this literally produce:
9780618767670|HMM MO LESSON PLANNR DOWNLD LK-6 07|Derivative|.

in E2 I put this formula:  =E2&A3&"|"&B3&"|"&C3&"|"&D3
I did it by drag filling down the formula in E2 and then editing it to have E2& at the front
this literally produced:
9780618767670|HMM MO LESSON PLANNR DOWNLD LK-6 07|Derivative|.9780547056081|HMM MS LESSON PLNR DOWNLOADS, LV K-6|SE/TE Common Spec|.
I selected E3 and drag filled down

in E4 the formula became:  =E3&A4&"|"&B4&"|"&C4&"|"&D4
and it produced
"9780618767670|HMM MO LESSON PLANNR DOWNLD LK-6 07|Derivative|.9780547056081|HMM MS LESSON PLNR DOWNLOADS, LV K-6|SE/TE Common Spec|.9780618767700|HMM NJ LESSON PLANNR DOWNLD LK-6 07|Derivative|."

If I had more rows of data I could continue to drag fill it down. I did reproduce the above 3 rows until it produced 42 rows of data and then drag filled the formula down (took a second or more).  This produced

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Now you may see an extra space or two, but that was/is because the data I put in the cells may have had an extra space or something.  You said the period represents a blank cell.  If the cell was actually blank, then it wouldn't even appear in the result.  If it contained a single space character, then the period would be replaced by a space.  My data did not contain vertical lines - but you showed a result that inserted vertical lines. I did likewise in my formula, but those could be removed if you didn't want them.

At the end I selected the last cell E43 and did a copy and then paste values.  I could then delete all the other data in column E and I had my results.

Hope this helps.

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Regards,
Tom Ogilvy

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QUESTION: Tom, Thank you for the prompt reply!! Unfortunately, I was unable to recreate your results with your formula;
I was attempting to attach a sample sheet I created for you which includes the current list I am trying to turn into a 1-Row list; The second page shows only the format that I have to follow when pasting data into it, which will illustrate why my horizontal list needs to have 4 cells per item.
Thank you again for your efforts. It really is difficult to explain clearly and succinctly what I am trying to achieve, so for THAT alone, thank you!!

Chris,

You can send the workbook to twogilvy@msn.com

I don't have a Macintosh or other apple product, so I will have to be able to read it in Windows Excel.  I don't think that will be a problem if it is just a file with data and or formulas in it.

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Regards,
Tom Ogilvy

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