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How to convert Excel list with commas to Excel list without commas?

Posted on 2014-09-28
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I have a list in an Excel file where each row has a column A and a column B.

Here are some example rows in the tab Input from the attached file:
0x0      Hair, Football, Cats, Bees
1x01      Cats, Michael Jackson, Beards, Coffee
1x02      Human Body, Coca-Cola, Morris Dancing, Carrots
1x03      Chickens, London Underground, Queen Elizabeth I, Ancient Egyptians
1x04      George W. Bush, Women, Ants, Olympic Games

Input Data
A new tab should be created as Output with the data converted to:
0x0      Hair
0x0      Football
0x0      Cats
0x0      Bees
1x01      Cats
1x01      Michael Jackson
1x01      Beards
1x01      Coffee

Output DataCreateList.xlsm
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Question by:Alex Campbell
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Glenn Ray earned 2000 total points
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The following VBA subroutine will parse and transpose your data into two columns as requested:
Option Explicit
Sub Parse_and_Transpose()
    Dim rng As Range
    Dim cl As Object
    Dim arrItems As Variant
    Dim strCat As String
    Dim x As Integer
    Dim r As Long
    
    'Remove any existing Output sheet first
    On Error Resume Next
    Application.DisplayAlerts = False
    Sheets("Output").Delete
    
    Sheets.Add After:=Sheets("Input")
    ActiveSheet.Name = "Output"
    Sheets("Input").Select
    
    Set rng = Range("A1", Range("A1").End(xlDown))
    r = 1
    For Each cl In rng
        strCat = cl.Value
        arrItems = Split(cl.Offset(0, 1).Value, ", ")
        For x = 0 To UBound(arrItems)
            Sheets("Output").Cells(r, 1).Value = strCat
            Sheets("Output").Cells(r, 2).Value = arrItems(x)
            r = r + 1
        Next x
        arrItems = Null
    Next cl
    Application.DisplayAlerts = True
    MsgBox "Done."
End Sub

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This presumes there are no blank cells in column A.

Example macro-enabled file is attached.

Regards,
-Glenn
EE-CreateList.xlsm
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by:Alex Campbell
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Exactly what I was looking for.
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by:Berry Metzger
ID: 40353638
@Alex972
I believe your formulas in F17:F22 are incorrect. The first two formulas are identical as follows...
F17: =D17*VLOOKUP(E17,$A$5:$D$13,3,TRUE)
F18: =D17*VLOOKUP(E17,$A$5:$D$13,3,TRUE)  where it should be: =D17*VLOOKUP(E18,$A$5:$D$13,3,TRUE)
...and so the one-row reference mistake continues for the remainder of the range.
Berry
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by:Alex Campbell
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Thanks for the notificatios, but I not sure what file this is in regard to. The data file I uploaded doesn't have any formulas.
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by:Berry Metzger
ID: 40360742
It is in reference to your Commission-split Comparison-EDIT-UPDATE.xlsx file that Glenn Ray assisted you with.
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by:Alex Campbell
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What question is that?
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by:Berry Metzger
ID: 40361173
Ahaaa! it was not your question, it was by  DEROUCHE solved on 9/30/14.  Don't know how your name got referenced.
Berry
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by:Alex Campbell
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Ah... all has been revealed. 8^)
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