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    Remove (or Highlight) name duplicates?

    Is there a way to highlight, or even eliminate, duplicate names from a sheet (without having to do a specific search for a name)?

    I know it should be relatively easy to find this information, but I am trying to run so many reports, I don't have time to do the research.

    For example, this registration sheet is for an event. I want to be able to do a quick "Countif" to determine how many people are registered, without having to weed through the sheet for duplicate names (Anne Austin, for example).

    Is there a formula I can input that will pair down duplicates to a single entry so my counts are accurate, very quickly? I have to update a spread sheet with information from an online database. The way the reports are set up in the online database isn't as quick and efficient as I need it to be when converted to Excel.

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    Re: Remove (or Highlight) name duplicates?

    if your duplicates are in columns A and B (only when both are combined) you can use the remove duplicates function in excel. Otherwise you might have to create a concatenate formula combining A and B in col G for example, then use countif against that and then conditional formatting wherever the number is above 1. so in col H then use =countif($G$2:G2,G2) and drag down.
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    Re: Remove (or Highlight) name duplicates?

    Data > Remove Duplicates > select only first and last name (or whatever you want to base the duplicate check on).

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    Re: Remove (or Highlight) name duplicates?

    here is your example back with the formatting done.
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    Re: Remove (or Highlight) name duplicates?

    Thank you!

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