Working with multiple Excel sheets is common for many spreadsheet users. However, managing and consolidating data across worksheets and workbooks can be tedious and time-consuming without the right techniques. Master these tricks to merge and manipulate Excel sheets like an expert.
View Sheets Side-by-Side
Rather than constantly switching between tabs, view multiple sheets side-by-side in the same window. Go to the View tab and select “New Window” to open a second window displaying your workbook. You can tile or cascade sheets and easily refer to data across windows.
Link Sheets with 3D Formulas
Build 3D formulas to analyze data across multiple sheets. Start a formula as usual and add the sheet name followed by an exclamation point before the cell reference, like =Sheet2!A1. This pulls data from Sheet2 into your formula on the active sheet for seamless cross-referencing.
Consolidate Data with PivotTables
Easily combine, summarize, and report on data from separate sheets with PivotTables. When creating a PivotTable, check the box for “Multiple Consolidation Ranges” and add all the source sheets. The PivotTable will automatically pull and consolidate the data for flexible reporting.
Merge Tables with Power Query
For a more permanent data merge, use Power Query to combine tables from different sheets into a single master table. Load the sheets you want to merge, select the tables, go to the Transform tab, and click “Merge Tables”. Power Query will append the rows together into one unified dataset.
Link Cells Across Sheets
Rather than retyping the same data in multiple sheets, you can link cells and ranges across sheets to maintain consistency. Type “=” in a cell, then click the sheet tab and select the cell to link. The data will remain synced as it’s updated.
With these tips, you can masterfully merge, consolidate, and manage data across all your Excel worksheets. Want to take your Excel skills even further? Check out our upcoming workshop!
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