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Multiple Unique Distinct Values from Multiple Columns of Data

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    Multiple Unique Distinct Values from Multiple Columns of Data

    Hello
    I have a biggish spreadsheet of 150 columns and 14000 rows (with blanks in many cells). What I need is a summary sheet for each column showing what unique and distinct (I get the terms mixed up so sorry) values for each column. I know I could use advanced filter on each column but I don't relish this idea as this is just the first sheet of many.

    I have seen the following array formula but it only works on my first column leaving me with 149 to go - it doesn't like moving to new columns and hates being on a different sheet.

    {=INDEX(List (A$2:A$10),MATCH(0,COUNTIF($B$1:B1,List (A$2:A$10)),0))}

    I have attached a very simple excel file to simply show what I have and what I want to get on two separate sheets.

    Help pretty please.
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    Re: Multiple Unique Distinct Values from Multiple Columns of Data

    Try this
    Using an intermediate sheet for all helper columns ("NoDuplicates")
    In Sheet "NoDuplicates" A2
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    This, as the sheet name suggests, should remove duplicate values from your source sheet, and also convert all numbers to text.

    This then means that we can now use one formula for Text and Numeric columns to "Remove Blanks" (Not strictly true, it removes duplicates, all of which now should be blanks, hence row 2 is blank.)

    In Sheet "NoBlanks" A2
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    You can now copy this sheet and Paste Special > Values to your desired sheet, and convert the "numeric" columns back to numbers (Use Text to columns and then format the column "General").

    There must be a way to do this without the helper sheet, but I can't see an easier way.
    Maybe some of the formula cavalry will provide a better answer....

    Hope this helps
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