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    Aggregate data / remove empty columns

    I have a worksheet in which rows have empty column values, e.g.

    Name,Column1,Column2,Column3
    Bob,Apples,<blank>,Peaches
    Joan,<blank>,Oranges,<blank>
    Ted,Apples,Oranges,Peaches

    Note: The commas above indicate separate columns.

    I'd like a formula to evaluate these results and strip out the blanks. Results should look like this:


    Bob,Apples,Peaches
    Joan,Oranges
    Ted,Apples,Oranges,Peaches.

    I've seen some examples on this forum ... but they never seem to be laid out the exact way my data is organized!

    Thanks for any help out there!

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    Re: Aggregate data / remove empty columns

    1. Select the whole range of data.
    2. Press Ctrl+G
    3. Press "Special" button
    4. Select "Blanks" and press OK
    5. Press Ctrl+"-" (Ctrl + minus)
    6. Select 1st option that is "Shift cells left" and press OK


    OR

    1. Select the whole range of data.
    2. On Home Tab in Editing group click on the small arrow below Find & Select.
    3. Select Go to Special...
    4. Select "Blanks" and press OK
    5. Press Ctrl+"-" (Ctrl + minus)
    6. Select 1st option that is "Shift cells left" and press OK
    Last edited by Faraz.Ahmed; 04-16-2014 at 06:06 PM.

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    Re: Aggregate data / remove empty columns

    Thank you for the reply. I'm sorry that I wasn't more clear. The original dataset is variable - it will change over time, so I want to use formulas to produce the "empty column" view as the source dataset changes. (I don't want to use a manual "remove column" action each time the dataset changes.)

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    Re: Aggregate data / remove empty columns

    Closed due to OP request
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