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Excel Guide

How to Combine Columns in Excel: Step-by-Step Guide

Combining columns in Excel can be done using various methods. Here's a step-by-step guide on three different techniques: using the CONCAT function, utilizing the Text to Columns tool, and manually pasting or concatenating cells.

Method 1: Use the CONCAT Function

Step 1: Select the Cell Where you Want the Combined Data

  • Choose the cell where you want the combined data to be displayed.

Step 2: Enter the CONCAT Function

  • Input the CONCAT function into the cell. The function takes two arguments: text1 and text2.

Step 3: Select the Cells or Ranges you Want to Combine

  • For text1, select the cell or range of cells you want to combine.
  • For text2, select the second cell or range of cells.

Step 4: Enter a Comma

  • After selecting the cells or ranges, enter a comma to separate the two arguments.

Step 5: Close the Parentheses

  • Close the parentheses and press Enter. The CONCAT function will combine the selected cells or ranges, displaying the result in the chosen cell.

Method 2: Use the Text to Columns Tool

Step 1: Select the Cell or Range of Cells you Want to Split

  • Choose the cell or range of cells you want to split.

Step 2: Go to the Data Tab

  • Navigate to the Data tab on the ribbon and click on the Text to Columns button to open the wizard.

Step 3: Choose the Delimiter

  • Select the delimiter (e.g., space, comma, tab) you want to use to split the cells.

Step 4: Choose the Column Data Format

  • Choose the desired column data format (text, numbers, dates) for each resulting column.

Step 5: Finish the Wizard

  • Click Finish to complete the wizard. The cells will be split into multiple columns based on the chosen delimiter.

Method 3: Paste or Concatenate Cells Manually

Step 1: Select the Cell Where you Want the Combined Data

  • Choose the cell where you want the combined data.

Step 2: Select the Cells or Ranges you Want to Combine

  • Select the cell or range of cells you want to combine.

Step 3: Copy the Cells or Ranges

  • Copy the selected cells or ranges (Ctrl+C or right-click and Copy).

Step 4: Paste the Cells or Ranges

  • Paste the cells or ranges into the destination cell (Ctrl+V or right-click and Paste).

Step 5: Enter a Comma

  • After pasting, enter a comma to separate the data.

Step 6: Close the Parentheses

  • Close the parentheses and press Enter. The cells or ranges will be combined manually.

By following these steps, you can efficiently combine columns in Excel using different methods tailored to your specific needs.