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How to list or generate all possible combinations in Excel?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2022-07-20

Let’s say, I have the following two columns of data, and now, I want to generate a list of all possible combinations based on the two lists of values as left screenshot shown. Maybe, you can list all the combinations one by one if there are few values, but, if there are several columns with multiple values needed to be listed the possible combinations, here are some quick tricks may help you to deal with this problem in Excel.

List or generate all possible combinations from two lists with formula

List or generate all possible combinations from three or more lists with VBA code

List or generate all possible combinations from multiple lists with a powerful feature


List or generate all possible combinations from two lists with formula

The following long formula can help you to list all possible combinations of two lists values quickly, please do as follows:

1. Enter or copy the below formula into a blank cell, in this case, I will enter it to cell D2, and then press Enter key to get the result, see screenshot:

=IF(ROW()-ROW($D$2)+1>COUNTA($A$2:$A$5)*COUNTA($B$2:$B$4),"",INDEX($A$2:$A$5,INT((ROW()-ROW($D$2))/COUNTA($B$2:$B$4)+1))&"-"&INDEX($B$2:$B$4,MOD(ROW()-ROW($D$2),COUNTA($B$2:$B$4))+1))

Note: In the above formula, $A$2:$A$5 is the range of the first column values, and $B$2:$B$4 is the range of the second list values which you want to list all their possible combinations, the $D$2 is the cell that you put the formula, you can change the cell references to your need.

2. Then select cell D2 and drag the fill handle down to the cells until get the blank cells, and all the possible combinations have been listed based on the two lists values. See screenshot:


List or generate all possible combinations from three or more lists with VBA code

Maybe the above formula is somewhat difficult for you to apply, if there are multiple columns data, it will be troublesome for modifying. Here, I will introduce a VBA code to deal with it quickly.

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following code in the Module Window.

VBA code: Generate all combinations of 3 or multiple columns

Sub ListAllCombinations()
'Updateby Extendoffice
Dim xDRg1, xDRg2, xDRg3 As Range
Dim xRg  As Range
Dim xStr As String
Dim xFN1, xFN2, xFN3 As Integer
Dim xSV1, xSV2, xSV3 As String
Set xDRg1 = Range("A2:A5")  'First column data
Set xDRg2 = Range("B2:B4")  'Second column data
Set xDRg3 = Range("C2:C4")  'Third column data
xStr = "-"   'Separator
Set xRg = Range("E2")  'Output cell
For xFN1 = 1 To xDRg1.Count
    xSV1 = xDRg1.Item(xFN1).Text
    For xFN2 = 1 To xDRg2.Count
        xSV2 = xDRg2.Item(xFN2).Text
      For xFN3 = 1 To xDRg3.Count
        xSV3 = xDRg3.Item(xFN3).Text
        xRg.Value = xSV1 & xStr & xSV2 & xStr & xSV3
        Set xRg = xRg.Offset(1, 0)
       Next
    Next
Next
End Sub
Note: In the above code, A2:A5, B2:B4, C2:C4 are the data range that you want to use, E2 is the output cell that you want to locate the results. If you want to get all combinations of more columns, please change and add other parameters to the code as your need.

3. Then, press F5 key to run this code, and all combinations of the 3 columns will be generated at once, see screenshot:


List or generate all possible combinations from multiple lists with a powerful feature

If there are multiple lists values need to be listed the possible combinations, maybe it is difficult for you to modify the code. Here, I can recommend a powerful tool -- Kutools for Excel, it contains a handy feature List All Combinations which can quickly list all the possible combinations based on given data lists.

Tips:To apply this List All Combinations feature, firstly, you should download the Kutools for Excel, and then apply the feature quickly and easily.

After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as this:

1. Click Kutools > Insert > List All Combinations, see screenshot:

2. In the List All Combinations dialog box, do the operations as below demo shown:

3. Then all the specified values and separators have been listed into the dialog box, see screenshot:

4.And then click Ok button, and a prompt box will pop out to remind you select a cell to output the result, see screenshot:

5. Click OK, all of the possible combinations based on the given lists have been generated into the worksheet as following screenshot shown:

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Comments (42)
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como que poderia gerar uma lista de combinações de nomes no LibreOffice?
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Hello, Johansson

Sorry, the methods in this article are only applied for Microsoft Excel.
Thank you!
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Hej alle sammen

Jeg håber at i kan hjælpe med dette.

Jeg har en af de gamle Bastalåse kodelåse med 6 knapper, hvor man kan trykke knapperne ind, lade dem være i neutral eller trække dem ud.

Låsen var åben da jeg købte den, så jeg låste den i håb om at jeg kunne gå kombinationerne igennem.

Men jeg har lidt problemer med at få nedskrevet samtlige kombinationer (729 så vidt jeg kan regne ud).

Er der en der vil hjælpe mig med med dette? Evt. kan man kalde de 3 indstillingsmuligheder pr. knap for: 1-2-3, 1-0-2, eller I-N-U (ind-neutral-ud).


Krydser finger og siger på forhånd mange tak hvis jeg kan få låsen op, det er sådan lidt nostalgi.

Mvh

Nicolaj
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No 1º Exemplo de captura de tela , está faltando em All combinations Jan - KTE
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Hello friend,
How are you. Thank you for your notice. We changed the first ficture. Please check now. Have a nice day.

Sincerely,
Mandy
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Hi,
I have a project with excel (including Kutools) that I am stuck on.
Can anyone tell me how to get a list of all combinations of 6 different numbers, without repeating any of the numbers?
I know there should be 6! = 720 combinations but I need the list.
Thanks
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Hi,
I have a project with excel (including Kutools) that I am stuck on.
Can anyone tell me how to get a list of all combinations of 6 different numbers, without repeating any digit?
I know there should be 6! = 720 combinations but I need the list.
Thanks
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