# Combining Excel Rows Into One Row..

So I have the following data example in three consecutive rows:

Tom, Kansas, 321 N B, University
Tom, Kansas, 321 N B, University, Wichita
Tom Farrow, Kansas, 321 N B, Kansas University

I'd like to have one row that eliminates duplication.  It would look like this (knowing there is still some duplication due to similar, but different naming conventions between the commas).

Tom, Tom Farrow, Kansas, 321 N B, Kansas University, University, Wichita

Will an Excel function do this?  Thanks.  - Tom
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Older than dirtCommented:
I'm not sure if it could be done via a formula but here's a macro you can use.

``````Sub CombineNames()
Dim lngLastRow As Long
Dim lngRow As Long
Dim strParts() As String

lngLastRow = Range("A1048576").End(xlUp).Row

For lngRow = lngLastRow To 1 Step -3
strParts = Split(Cells(lngRow - 1, 1), ", ")
Cells(lngRow - 2, 1) = strParts(0) & ", " & Cells(lngRow, 1) & ", " & strParts(UBound(strParts))
Cells(lngRow, 1).EntireRow.Delete
Cells(lngRow - 1, 1).EntireRow.Delete
Next
End Sub
``````

Just in case you need them, here are instructions on how to install and use the macro.

In Excel, Press Alt+F11 to open the Visual Basic Editor (VBE)

Right-click on your workbook name in the "Project-VBAProject" pane (at the top left corner of the editor window). If you don’t see an existing module then select Insert -> Module from the context menu. Otherwise just select the module.

Copy the macro (you can use the ‘Select All’ button if you like) and paste it into the right-hand pane of the VBA editor ("Module1" window)

Press Alt+F11 again to go back to Excel

Optionally, press Alt+F8 to open the "Macro" dialog window. Select the macro, click ‘Options…’,  hold down the Shift key and type the letter A (or any other letter) and click ‘OK’. Then anytime you want to run the macro press Ctrl+Shift+A.

When you close the workbook you will need to save it as an xlsm or xls file if it’s not already one of those.
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Author Commented:
Thanks, Martin. that works darn well.  - Tom
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Author Commented:
Perfect!
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Older than dirtCommented:
You're welcome and I'm glad I was able to help.

In my profile you'll find links to some articles I've written that may interest you.
Marty - MVP 2009 to 2015, Experts-Exchange Top Expert Visual Basic Classic 2012 to 2014
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Author Commented:
I'll check the articles out!  Thanks.
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