In my starting days with Excel, I was really bad at consolidating data.
If you asked me to capture sales data for four different zones, I would create four different worksheets for that.
Yes, I was that bad.
But you always learn from your mistakes.
Am I right?
And if you are doing the same mistakes like I did, I have an amazing tip for you.
One of the best Excel options which I have learned about managing data is to “Consolidate Data From Multiple Worksheets in a Single Worksheet”.
Want to know the best part?
You don’t need any VBA/Macro code.
And in today’s post, I’m going to show you exact simple steps to combine data from multiple sheets.
…here we go.
How to Consolidate Data in Excel from Multiple Worksheets [Steps]
...now here are the steps you need to follow to consolidate data from these multiple tabs.
- First of all, insert a new worksheet and name it “Total” (or whatever you want) and select cell A1 in that worksheet.
- Now, go to Data Tab ➜ Data Tools ➜ Consolidate.
- Once you click on consolidate, you will get a window like this (Just follow the steps, for now, I will explain about this window in second part of this post).
- Now, by using “Reference” input box, select the data to range from the first sheet where you have data (north zone).
- After that, click “Add”.
- By using the same method, add references from all the four worksheets.
- Now from the bottom of the window tick mark “Top Row” and “Left Column”. (As we have labels in the first row and first column).
- Click OK.
Once you click OK, it will instantly give you a consolidated data table with the same structure.
Finally, you have a worksheet with consolidated data.
Other Options in Consolidate
Consolidate is a handy tool to consolidate multiple worksheets into a single sheet but we have a lot of other things in this.
Let me explain it one by one.
- Function: You can select a function from this drop down menu (sum, count, average, etc).
- Reference: Select data range from the worksheets you want to consolidate.
- Browse: If want to add a worksheet which is in another workbook, you can use this option.
- Add & Delete: Add or delete selected reference to the list of sheets to merge.
- Top Row: Use top row as a label.
- Left Column: Use left column as a label.
- Create Links To Source Data: If you want to create links for your source data tick mark this option. This is useful if you want to make changes in your source data after creating your consolidate sheet.
In the end, I just want to say, it’s an awesome option to consolidate data within seconds. The best part is you can capture N number of worksheets with it.
If you go with the manual method to consolidate data, it is a real pain. You know, doing one by one or using formula.
I hope you will get better in your work with this tip now tell me one thing.
Do you know another method for this?
Please share your views with me in the comment section, I'd love to hear from you and don’t forget to share this tip with your friends.
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About the Author
Puneet is using Excel since his college days. He helped thousands of people to understand the power of the spreadsheets and learn Microsoft Excel. You can ﬁnd him online, tweeting about Excel, on a running track, or sometimes hiking up a mountain.