Suppose you have data that is stored in long format in excel. You want to reshape it to wide format.

The data is shown in the image below : -

Type the following formula in cell D2

Type the following formula in cell E2

The data is shown in the image below : -

Reshape data from long to wide format |

**Step I : To pull unique values from Column A**Type the following formula in cell D2

=IFERROR(INDEX($A$2:$A$100, MATCH(0,COUNTIF($D1:D$1, $A$2:$A$100), 0)),"")

*Press***CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER**to confirm this formula as it's an array formula. If this formula is entered correctly, you would see the formula inside the curly brackets {}.

*Column A does not necessarily to be in numeric format. Similarly, Column B can take both numeric or character values.*

**Step II : Reshape data from long to wide format**Type the following formula in cell E2

=IF(COLUMN(A1)<=COUNTIF($A$1:$A$100,"="&$D2),OFFSET(INDIRECT("$B"&MATCH($D2,$A$1:$A$100,0)),COLUMN(A1)-1,0),"")

*Paste the formula to the right and down so that transformation happens correctly. You can use***CTRL + R**shortcut key to paste the formula to the right and**CTRL + D**shortcut key to paste the formula down.**Download the workbook**
The data in Column A must be numbers?

ReplyDeleteI tried text data and got wrong results

yes, it must definitely be numbers, in order

DeleteWe have another formula for extracting unique numbers

DeleteAlternatively you can copy on a different sheet and drop duplicates

The second COUNTIF should be a MATCH() instead. It should be:

ReplyDelete=IF(COLUMN(A1) <=COUNTIF($A$1:$A$100,"="&$D2),OFFSET(INDIRECT("$B"& MATCH($D2,$A$1:$A$100,0)),COLUMN(A1)-1,0),"")

Thank you so much it works

DeleteNot so useful IMHO because the resulting columns have the various stocks listed helter-skelter, for instance, column E has Stocks D, O, D, Q, P. Usually you'd want all the D's stacked, etc.

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ReplyDeleteWhat if the table had more than two columns?

ReplyDeleteI have an excel sheet with four columns and more than 6000 rows. I have tried this formula and it only works for two columns and up to cell 100 across the two columns. How do I modify to suit my data?

ReplyDeleteUse the =Transpose(range) function.

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ReplyDeleteThis is really useful. Can you please expain each formula. This will be helpful in applying this formula to larger data sheets.

ReplyDeleteThanks! This is a good way to solve those problems ;). I would like to understand how works every formula in the same post, however, Great article!! 10/10

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