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    Hi
    I would like to align columns B, C and D with column A. column A needs to remain in the order it is in and column B needs to change to match A.
    This should help me identify which one is missing as column B is missing data and also help with copy and paste into the original file.
    Can anyone suggest a straightforward way to do this?
    Thanks, Kristina
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    Re: Align Columns

    Are the items unique or duplicated?
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    Re: Align Columns

    Hi
    The items in column A are the same as the ones in B but they are not aligned.. i need the data in B, C and D to align to column A
    Thanks

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    Re: Align Columns

    That is not what I asked: I asked if the values in each column were unique. Can you attach a sample workbook?

    EDIT: Ooops! Just seen the attachment. Will take a look.

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    Re: Align Columns

    So, the data in B, C and D is already correctly aligned - is this the case?

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    Re: Align Columns

    Try this (copy all formulae down):

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    =A3 =IFERROR(VLOOKUP($F3,$B$3:$D$163,COLUMNS($G:G),0),"") =IFERROR(VLOOKUP($F3,$B$3:$D$163,COLUMNS($G:H),0),"")
    =IFERROR(VLOOKUP($F3,$B$3:$D$163,COLUMNS($G:I),0),"")
    Sheet: Sheet1

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    Re: Align Columns

    Yes the data in BCD is already aligned

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    Re: Align Columns

    Have you tried my suggestion?

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    Re: Align Columns

    Yes, it does not work for me

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    Re: Align Columns

    In what way does it "not work" for you? Please be explicit.

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    Re: Align Columns

    When i paste the formula in as above in F, G H and I - Column F replicates A3 but the other columns appear blank. The formula is there but nothing is showing up

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    Re: Align Columns

    It is working for me - see the attached file.
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    Re: Align Columns

    Thanks, I can see it has worked on your version however there are too many gaps, it looks like there should be only one gap here.

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    Re: Align Columns

    That's because there are no matches for those numbers. There are trailing spaces in column B that you will need to deal with.

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    Re: Align Columns

    For example i can see that for 6040.2322 there is a match but it is not picking it up - I can't understand why some are recognised and not others

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    Re: Align Columns

    I have explained why above (post #14) - it's not an exact match. Find 6040.2322 in column B and place your cursor in that cell - do you see the trailing space after the number? Delete the trailing space - is there now a match in my table on the right? Yes - that's because you have deleted the trailing space. You need to get rid of those trailing spaces.

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    Re: Align Columns

    Perfect! thank you for explaining!

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    Re: Align Columns

    Do you want a quick fix idea?

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    Re: Align Columns

    Here it is anyway!

    In K3 copied down:

    =LEFT(B3,9)

    Now copy and paste values from column K over the values in column B. All done.

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    Re: Align Columns

    Ah good quick fix, i used the =TRIM function (after a quick google) thank you for your help today!

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    Re: Align Columns

    You're welcome.

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