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    Summarizing data

    I have a spreadsheet which lists data from customer encounters. For each visit, columns are customer name, item 1, item 2, item 3, and item 4.

    *The spreadsheet has encounters for more than one customer.
    *A customer can have more than one encounter.
    *An encounter can have from one to four items, so while the item 1 column always has a value, items 2-4 can either be blank or have a value.

    I want to summarize, for each customer, the items listed. I only want to report each item once for that customer.

    Example:
    John Q Public, pencil, paper, calculator
    John Q Public, paper
    John Q Public, calculator, eraser
    John Q Public, eraser
    John Q Public, calculator, paper clip, scissors, notepad

    I want to get from that:
    John Q Public, pencil, paper, calculator, eraser, paper clip, scissors, notepad

    The output can be lumped together in a single cell; I don't need them to go into their own columns.

    Is there a way to accomplish this in Excel 2003? Thanks in advance for any assistance.

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    Re: Summarizing data

    Hi dallymo
    Cant you attach a small workbook with your example
    Just to get the initial data layout right
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    Re: Summarizing data

    Thanks, pike; you bet. See attached; for that data, I would want to see:

    John Q Public: stapler, paper, notepad, paper clip, scissors, eraser, pencil, pen, mousepad.
    Suzy B Good: paper, stapler, eraser, pen, notepad
    Anon Y Mouse: stapler, scissors

    So essentially, listing all of that customer's items and eliminating any duplicates from that customer's list.
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    Re: Summarizing data

    Hey dallymo
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    Re: Summarizing data

    ops update this bit

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    Re: Summarizing data

    a littel rusty
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    Re: Summarizing data

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    Re: Summarizing data

    pike, my apologies for such a tardy response--thanks so much, I think you have gotten me on the right track (my project has mutated to incorporate some additional information but the example you provided looks to be just what I need to whip it into shape). I appreciate the help!

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