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Need formula to generate a list of items, based on entries on a scratch pad from prior tab

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    Need formula to generate a list of items, based on entries on a scratch pad from prior tab

    I have a tab set up with a set of short tables as a scratch pad to take an inventory of stuff.
    My second tab needs to then summarize the totals for each table where there a tally exists. So I want to skip any of the scratch pad tables if it is blank (so my second tab doesnt have a bunch of zeroes)

    For example, I want to take an inventory of my fridge, and end up with a second tab that just lists and counts the contents of my fridge.
    On the first tab I have 20 short tables (say 10 rows long) and the tables are listed, eg, Apples, Cucumbers, Peaches, Pears, Potatoes, etc.
    When i tally up my fridge, I count 6 apples, and I name them (lets just say I am insane and itemize them on the Apples table. At the top right of the Apples table is now a COUNT of "6" because I made 6 entries.
    I skip the Cucumbers table because I am out of cucumbers
    I go on the same way to list and count 5 Peaches, no Pears, and 4 Potatoes, etc.

    On my Inventory Tab, I end up with just a list of items and counts, when there are entries on the previous tables.
    e.g. I end up with:
    A1 = "Apples" B1 = 6
    A2 = "Peaches" B2 = 5
    A3 = "Potatoes" B3= 4
    etc.

    The formula I am looking for on the second tab is something like:
    "If Apples table total = 0 then skip it and go to the next table, else, A1= "Apples" and B1= the Apples table tally"

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    Re: Need formula to generate a list of items, based on entries on a scratch pad from prior

    To best describe or illustrate your problem you would be better off attaching a dummy workbook. The workbook should contain the same structure and some dummy data of the same type as the type you have in your real workbook - so, if a cell contains numbers & letters in this format abc-123 then that should be reflected in the dummy workbook.

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