## 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 cell or column in Excel.

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** Merge columns of data into one cell without losing data by Clipboard**

To merge multiple columns into only one cell without losing any data in Excel, you can use the Clipboard to solve the problem easily.

**1**. First of all, enable the Clipboard by clicking the Anchor button at the bottom-right corner of **Clipboard** group on the **Home **tab. See screenshot:

**2**. Select the columns you will merge, and press **Ctrl** + **C** keys to copy them.

Note: You can also click **Home** > **Copy** to copy them.

Now the columns are copied and listed in the Clipboard at once.

**3**. Double click into a blank cell where you will place the copied columns, and then click the copied item in the **Clipboard**. Now the copied items are filled into the active cell as below screenshot shown.

So far, all selected columns are merged and placed into the specified cell as below screenshot shown.

#### Combine multiple columns without losing data and number format in Excel

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** Merge columns of data into one column with formula**

If you need to merge multiple columns of data into one column without any data losing, you can apply formulas to deal with it in Excel.

**Formula 1: =A2&B2&C2&...**

In Cell D2, please enter the formula **=A2&B2&C2**, and then drag the AutoFill handle down to apply the formula to other cells in the active column.

And the columns of data have been merged into one column. See screenshot:

**Formula 2: =A2&" "&B2&" "&C2&...**

In Cell D2, please enter the formula** =A2&" "&B2&" "&C2**, and then drag the AutoFill handle down to apply the formula to other cells in the active column.

**Notes:**

(1) In both formulas, A2, B2, and C2 are cells in the first row you will merge into one, and you can change them as you need.

(2) To remove formulas from the merging results, you can copy the merging results firstly, right click the range of merging results, and select Paste > Values in the context menu as below screenshot shown, or Apply** Kutools **>** To Actual** to remove formulas but keep the merging results with only one click. Read more...

(3) Both formula will clear the number formatting in the merging results. For example, the date “2/15/2019” will be merged as “43511”, the percentage “5.79%” will be merged as “0.0579” etc.

** Merge columns of data into one without losing data by CONCATENATE**

If there are multiple cells in each row, it will be quite tedious to apply the formula of =A1&" "&B1&" "&C1. Here, I will introduce the CONCATENATE function to deal with this problem.

**1**. Select a blank cell, enter the formula **=CONCATENATE(A2:C2&",")**, and then highlight **A2:C2&”,”** in the formula. (** Note**: In the formula,

*A2:C2*is the range in the first row I will merge, and

*“,”*means separate each cell content by a comma. )

**2**. Press **F9** key to convert the highlight part of the formula to values.

**3**. Now the highlight part of the formula is replaced with the cell content automatically. Please remove the curly brackets **{** and** }**.

**4**. Press the **Enter** key to get the merging result.

**Note**: This formula will clear the number formatting in the merging results. For example, the date “2/15/2019” will be merged as “43511”, the percentage “5.79%” will be merged as “0.0579” etc.

** Quickly 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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