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compiling values from 5 columns into a new column

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    compiling values from 5 columns into a new column


    I joined multiple sheets in a outer join,
    I now would have 5 columns with country names, and would like to compile them into a new column and delete the old ones.

    I used concat to join them, but When I delete the old columns the formula stopped working.

    How do I permanently move the values?
    The dataset has a large number of rows and it's hard to say which column has the values.

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    Re: compiling values from 5 columns into a new column

    What version of Excel do you have? What does it say in the green recatngle that appears when you launch Excel?

    If it is befor O365,


    You seem to be using an older version of Excel than me. So, please refer to the attached file. If the formulae are enclosed within a pair of { }, these are array formulae.

    These are a little different from ordinary formulae in that they MUST be confirmed in the FIRST CELL ONLY by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER to activate the array, not just ENTER. After that, the array can be dragged down as normal, to cover the desired range.

    You will know the array is active when you see the curly brackets { } appear around the outside of your formula. If you do not use CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER you will (almost always) get an error message or an incorrect answer. Press F2 on that cell and try again.

    Don't type the curly brackets yourself - it won't work...
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