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Merge and Combine Columns without Losing Data in Excel

If you merge multiple columns of data in Excel (no matter which Excel version you are using), only the left column of data will be kept, and the data of other columns will be deleted, if you apply the "Merge and Center" command from Home tab on the Alignment group. This tutorial is talking about how to merge or combine different columns of data into one column.

Merge columns of data into one column with formula

Quickly merge columns of data without losing data with Kutools for Excel

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Supposing you have columns of data and you need to combine the data into one column, as shown in the following screenshots, you can deal with it with some formulas:

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Merge columns of data without spaces between the data: =A1&B1&C1&…

Merge columns of data with spaces between the data: =A1&" "&B1&" "&C1&…

1. In cell E1, please enter the formula “=A1&B1&C1” or “=A1&" "&B1&" "&C1”.


2. Then press Enter key and select the cell E1, drag the fill handle over the range of cells that you want to apply this formula.

3. And the columns of data have been merged into one column. As they are formulas, you need to copy and paste them as values when you want to paste them to other places. See screenshots:

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arrow blue right bubbleQuickly merge columns of data without losing data with Kutools for Excel

You can use the third party add-in Kutools for Excel to quickly merge multiple columns.

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1. After installing Kutools for Excel, please select the columns of data that you want to merge, and then click Kutools > Combine. See screenshot:

2. In the Combine Columns or Rows dialog box, specify the options as follows.

(1.) Select  Combine columns under To combine selected cells according to following options;

(2.) Specify a separator for the combined data, here I select the Space option;

(3.) Specify the cell you want to place your combined result;

(4.) Specify how you want to deal with the combined cells. You can keep or delete contents from those combined cells, and you can also merge those combined cells.See screenshot:

3. Then click OK to combine multiple columns into one column without losing data. You will get the following results:

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    Carl · 1 years ago
    JUMP not just.....another great invention spell check that changes real words to different words. Man the next generation relying on these faulty technologies is going to be lost without a parachute.
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    Carl · 1 years ago
    I cannot believe Microsoft makes it so difficult to use Excel. Aren't computer programs suppose to make life easier not more difficult. I mean we are talking about a simple merge of columns yet Excel makes you just through hoops to accomplish something that should take one keystroke. It is a joke, and the joke is on us, the users. I despise Microsoft.
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    Hesham · 1 years ago
    Use the concatenate option it's easier!
    Concatenate (A1,B1,C1)

    write conc.... and it will show up
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      VINOD · 10 months ago
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    Maryam · 1 years ago
    It was Perfecttttt, Thanks
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    jim · 2 years ago
    Ineed to convert a string of numbers (06191948) in a column to read 06/19/1948 can anyone help me?