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Dynamically Convert Matrix to Columns

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I am trying to create a way to create rows or individual records from a matrix.Attached is an example.  Using formulas or VBA, I'd like to be able to go from a matrix (3x3, for example) to 9 rows of 3 columns.  It's hard to explain without looking at the file, but if I had 3 students each with 3 values, I'd like to go from the table array to individuals records (3 for each student).  Can anyone lead me in the right direction.
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by:TommySzalapski
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You didn't attach anything. And it is hard to see what you mean. Do you just want to transpose the matrix? If so just use copy and paste special->transpose.
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by:BBlu
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Oops.  Sorry.  Attached is the spreadsheet.
Converting-Matrix-to-Columns.xlsx
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Select the matrix and then run this code (I attached a working example)
Dim i As Integer
Dim j As Integer
Dim curRow As Integer

Application.ScreenUpdating = False

If Selection.Rows.Count > 1 And Selection.Columns.Count > 1 Then
  curRow = Selection.Row + Selection.Rows.Count + 1
  Range(Rows(curRow), Rows(curRow + (Selection.Rows.Count - 1) * (Selection.Columns.Count - 1))).Insert
  
  For i = 2 To Selection.Rows.Count
    For j = 2 To Selection.Columns.Count
      Range("A" & curRow).Value = Selection.Cells(i, 1)
      Range("B" & curRow).Value = Selection.Cells(1, j)
      Range("C" & curRow).Value = Selection.Cells(i, j)
      curRow = curRow + 1
    Next
  Next
Else
  MsgBox "No matrix selected."
End If

Application.ScreenUpdating = True

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Converting-Matrix-to-Columns.xls
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by:BBlu
ID: 34193381
AWESOME, Tommy!  I guess there is no way to do it with formulas, huh?
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by:TommySzalapski
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Actually you can, but it's a bit more complicated. Here is a sheet showing how.
It's counting the number of rows and columns using row 1 and column A so either add nothing to them or hard code the number of rows and columns.
Matrix-to-Columns-formula.xls
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by:BBlu
ID: 34194336
Wow!  Perfect!  Thanks, Tommy.  I hope you are in here more often.  Great insight!
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by:BBlu
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Just what I needed, much faster than I could have ever hoped!  Thanks.
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