Eliminating Duplicate Lines In an Excel Table
Is there an easy way to remove duplicate rows in an Excel spreadsheet? Yes!
by Thomas Duff on 7/18/2016
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Excel is a great way to build tables of data, but sometimes you need to make sure you don't have any duplicates in your data. That may be easy if you only have a dozen rows, but what if you have thousands?
It's very simple… use the Remove Duplicates
Here I have a table of ten data rows, four of which are exact duplicates. I can delete those using Table Tools > Design > Remove Duplicates
Excel spreadsheet with duplicate rows
Excel will ask you what columns you should use to compare duplicates. By default, it selects the entire row:
The Remove Duplicates option in Excel
When you click OK
, the duplicate rows are deleted and you now have unique table rows:
Excel spreadsheet with duplicate rows removed
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