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Excel Guide

How to Get Rid of Duplicates in Excel Quickly and Easily

If you find yourself dealing with duplicates in your Excel spreadsheets, whether in a list of customers, products, or any other data, getting rid of them can be done quickly and easily. Here are two methods to efficiently remove duplicates in Excel.

Method 1: Quick and Easy Removal

  1. Open your Excel spreadsheet.
  2. Click on the Data tab.
  3. Locate and click on the Remove Duplicates button.
  4. Select the range of cells where you want to check for duplicates.
  5. Click OK.

This method is straightforward and works well for small lists of values. However, for larger datasets, the following method is more efficient.

Method 2: Quick and Efficient Removal

  1. Open your Excel spreadsheet.
  2. Click on the Data tab.
  3. Click on the Sort button.
  4. Choose the column you want to sort by.
  5. Click on the Ascending or Descending button to sort the values.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Again, go to the Data tab.
  8. Click on the Remove Duplicates button.
  9. Select the range of cells you want to check for duplicates.
  10. Click OK.

By sorting the column first, Excel only needs to search through the list once, making it more efficient for large datasets.

Conclusion

Whether you opt for the quick and easy method or the quick and efficient one, removing duplicates in Excel is a straightforward process. Choose the method that suits the size of your dataset and enjoy a clean list of unique values. If you have any questions or need further clarification, feel free to leave a comment.