We don’t always find out how data got twisted into awkward forms. Our job is to fix it by normalizing, unwinding, transposing, etc. Once the data is in the correct format we can then get to the real job of extracting meaning from it.
In this case, a member of Mr Excel’s forum was asking for a VBA solution to a “layered transpose” data issue. WHAT IS THAT? I’ll explain…
He had data in this layout…
and needed to re-arrange it into this…
For VBA solutions here’s the link to Mr Excel’s forum. It’s a great forum with so many Excel experts. If you haven’t already registered then you should!
I solved this challenge with formulas. For repetitive long term cases (especially with large data sets) VBA is usually the better way to go. Sometimes a formula based solution has benefits. For example, it’s often easier to explain step by step formula solutions to non technical people.
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See if you can think of an easier and/or more efficient solution. Remember that the solution should be ‘readable’ in logical steps.
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Better Solution Update!
Even though I was asking for alternative formula solutions Oz du Soleil reminded me how incredible Excel’s Power Query (aka ‘Get & Transform’) feature is.
In his YouTube Video, Oz demonstrates how easily ‘Get & Transform’ can correctly re-arrange the data. Knowledge is power! Thanks Oz!
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