basically I have a list of names that will change as reports are generated. The report will include the same name multiple times, so joebloggs could appear 10 times. I need a formula to scan COL:A that has the list of names.
In COL:B I would like excel to display each of the different names that are in COL:A but only once. So for example JOEBLOGGS would appear in B2 only once. Then is COL:C I would like the total amount of times that name appeared in that list. so for example:
A B C
1 joebloggs JOEBLOGGS 5
These names will vary so I cannot specify the names using countif function. I need excel to populate the names in B automatically.
suppose your data is like this from A1 to A9(note colufmn heading -this is necessary)
choose radio button at the top "copy to another location"
against list range click the icon at the right end of the small window and highlight A1 to A9
leave blank criteria range
against "copy to"-click the icon at the right end of the window and select some empty cell e.g. D1
choose radio button "unique records only" at the bottomleft
you will get D1 to D4
in E2 copy paste this formla (repeat E2)
copy E2 down.
Have you worked with PivotTables before? It's an easy way to do a count like this, you may have to do a work around to get the date into column B. But you should take a look at how to work with PivotTables to see it works for you: http://office.microsoft.com/...