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Hi experts,

I have an excel pivot table with 400+ columns designating a "storage bin location"
There are 1200+ rows designating unique "Item #'s"
The pivot table values designate qty stored in each bin location
An item # may appear in multiple bin locations in the pivot table

I need a formula or method for returning the bin location for the 1st instance of a qty >0, then return the bin location of 2nd instance where qty>0, then 3rd...to n possible locations. Upper limit of n likely can be assumed less than 20 possible locations.

I was thinking adding 20 columns at the end of the pivot table and using a hlookup to find qty values >0 and return bin location on top row of pivot table. Problem is telling column 2 to return the bin location of the 2nd instance in the row, then column 3 to return 3rd instance, etc.

Any help greatly appreciated.

Kevin

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by:Rory Archibald
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For example:
=INDEX(1:1,SMALL(IF(3:3>0,COLUMN(3:3)),2))
array-entered will return the value from row 1 for the second value greater than zero in row 3. Is that what you meant?
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by:KevinHatt
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Hi rorya,

I dont think so...

example:
                   [ Col1-Col2- Col3- Col4...Col400]    [Location1     Location2]...
item 123          4                5                                  Col1                Col3

does that make sense?

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by:Rory Archibald
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Yes, that's basically what the formula I posted does. If you just want the column number (rather than the contents of row 1, then use:
=SMALL(IF(3:3>0,COLUMN(3:3)),1) for the first item
=SMALL(IF(3:3>0,COLUMN(3:3)),2) for the second item
etc.
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by:KevinHatt
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apologies for being obtuse Rorya...I think you are correct, I'm just fighting syntax here. Can I ask for some specific syntax for the given data range?

Row that contains Bin location is row 4
qty values are located in range b5 to pc5

Also...when entering the array range, is it necessary to ctrl+shift+enter?
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by:Rory Archibald
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Yes it must be ctrl+ shift+ enter
Basically use
=INDEX(4:4,SMALL(IF(b4:pc4>0,COLUMN(b4:pc4)),2))
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by:Rory Archibald
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Yes it must be ctrl+ shift+ enter
Basically use
=INDEX(4:4,SMALL(IF(b5:pc5>0,COLUMN(b5:pc5)),2)
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Correction:
=INDEX(B4:PC4,SMALL(IF(b4:pc4>0,COLUMN(b4:pc4)),2))
still array-entered.
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by:KevinHatt
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Hi rorya,

Your help was most gratefully received Master Savant. Formulas working as they should,aand client happy.

Full points to be awarded, and thanks again!

Kevin
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