Join Dennis Taylor for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Sort to eliminate empty rows and columns, part of Cleaning Up Your Excel 2010 Data.
Sometimes in order to clean up your data, you may need to add temporary columns…and use various sorting techniques to give you the tools for eliminating empty…rows or unnecessary rows in a list.…In this particular worksheet called ExtraRows, recognize that when there is a…department change here, a row has been added to indicate the department name…over here in Column A. And these are going to get in the way when we do sorting…and filtering and trying to do pivot tables on a worksheet like this.…And similarly, the next sheet over called EmptyRows has a similar layout, except…here there are empty rows. And perhaps that's going to look nice on a sheet of…paper when it's printed--it nicely delineates the departments--…but in order to use Excel efficiently, when it comes to database tools like…sorting and filtering, we need to get rid of rows like this.…
So let's tackle both cases.…Back to the sheet that has the extra rows.…If we could somehow sort the data to pull these all together, then we can…
- Moving or inserting rows and columns of data with a simple drag
- Using Text to Columns
- Harnessing the Find and Replace command to replace data at the character level
- Dealing with special characters and wildcards during search
- Converting dates with text functions
- Converting text data to values/numbers
- Checking and correcting spelling mistakes
- Splitting data into multiple columns via the Text to Columns feature
- Combining data from different columns via concatenation
Skill Level Intermediate
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