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Excel Guide

Column Unity: A Guide on How to Group Columns in Excel

Grouping columns in Excel is a powerful feature that allows you to organize and manage your data more effectively. This guide will walk you through the steps to group and ungroup columns, providing enhanced control and flexibility in handling your Excel worksheets.

Step 1: Open Your Excel Worksheet

1.1 Launch Microsoft Excel and open the worksheet containing the columns you want to group.

Step 2: Select the Columns to Group

2.1 Click and drag to select the columns you want to group. Alternatively, hold down the Ctrl key and click on individual columns to select non-contiguous data.

Step 3: Group Columns

3.1 Right-click on the selected columns.3.2 In the context menu, choose "Group" to create a group for the selected columns.

Step 4: Verify Grouped Columns

4.1 The selected columns will now be grouped, and a small triangle appears above the grouped columns.

Step 5: Collapse and Expand Groups

5.1 Click on the small triangle above the grouped columns to collapse or expand the group.

Step 6: Navigate and Edit Grouped Columns

6.1 When the columns are collapsed, you can still navigate and make changes to individual cells within the grouped columns.

Step 7: Ungroup Columns (Optional)

7.1 To ungroup columns, right-click on the grouped columns.7.2 In the context menu, choose "Ungroup."

Additional Tips:

  • Nested Groups:
  • You can create nested groups by selecting already grouped columns along with additional columns.
  • Use the Ribbon:
  • In Excel 2013 and later versions, you can use the "Group" and "Ungroup" buttons on the "Data" tab to manage column grouping.
  • Summary Sections:
  • Utilize grouping to create summary sections in your worksheet, providing a structured view of your data.


Grouping columns in Excel provides a structured and efficient way to manage your data. By following these steps, you can easily group and ungroup columns based on your analytical or presentation needs. Whether you're working with large datasets, creating reports, or any other task, column grouping enhances the organization and clarity of your Excel worksheet.