How to list all possible combinations from single column in Excel?
If you want to return all possible combinations from single column data to get the result as below screenshot shown, do you have any quick ways for dealing with this task in Excel?
The following array formulas can help you to achieve this job, please do step by step:
1. First, you should create two helper formula cells. In cell C1, please enter the below formula, and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys to get the result:
2. In cell C2, enter the following formula, and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together to get the second result, see screenshot:
3. Then, copy and paste the following formula in cell D2, and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together to get the first result, see screenshot:
4. And then, select this formula cell, and drag the fill handle down until blank cells appear. Now, you can see all combinations of the specified column data are displayed as below demo shown:
The above formulas are only available for newer Excel versions, if you have earlier Excel versions, the following VBA code can do you a favor.
1. Press Alt+ F11 keys simultaneously to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.
2. Then, click Insert > Module, copy and paste the below VBA code into the window.
VBA code: List all possible combinations from single column
Sub ConnectArr() 'Updateby ExtendOffice Dim xDValue As Variant Dim xOutRg As Range Dim xDictionary As Object Dim xF As Long Dim xChar As String xDValue = Range("A2:A6").Value 'the data range Set xOutRg = Range("C1") 'output range xChar = "," 'separator For xF = 1 To UBound(xDValue) Set xDictionary = CreateObject("Scripting.Dictionary") xDictionary(0) = "Sets of " & xF Call ConnectValue(xDValue, xDictionary, 0, xF, 0, "", xChar) xOutRg.Offset(0, xF - 1).Resize(xDictionary.Count).Value = WorksheetFunction.Transpose(xDictionary.Items) Set xDictionary = Nothing Next End Sub Sub ConnectValue(ByRef pDValue, ByRef pDictionary, ByRef pLevel, ByVal pMaxLevel, ByVal pIndex, ByVal pValue, ByVal pChar) Dim xF As Long If pLevel = pMaxLevel Then pDictionary(pDictionary.Count + 1) = pValue Exit Sub End If For xF = pIndex + 1 To UBound(pDValue) If pValue = "" Then Call ConnectValue(pDValue, pDictionary, pLevel + 1, pMaxLevel, xF, pDValue(xF, 1), pChar) Else Call ConnectValue(pDValue, pDictionary, pLevel + 1, pMaxLevel, xF, pValue & pChar & pDValue(xF, 1), pChar) End If Next End Sub
- A2:A6: is the list of data that you want to use;
- C1: is the output cell;
- ,: the delimiter to separate the combinations.
3. And Then, press F5 key to execute this code. All combinations from the single column are listed as below screenshot shown:
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