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Tip 52: Converting a Vertical Range to a Table

Often, tabular data is imported into Excel as a single column. Figure 52-1 shows an example. Column A contains employee information, and each “record” consists of three consecutive cells in a single column: Name, Department, and Location. The goal is to convert this data so that each record appears in a single row, with three columns.

Figure 52-1: Vertical data that needs to be converted to three columns.

You can convert this type of data several ways, but here’s a method that’s fairly easy. It uses a single formula, which is copied to a range.

Enter the following formula in cell C1, and then copy it down and across.

`=INDIRECT(“A” &COLUMN()-2 + (ROW()-1)*3)`

Figure 52-2 shows the transformed data in C1:E7.

Figure 52-2: Vertical data transformed to a table.

The formula works for vertical data that uses three cells per record, but it can be modified...