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April 5, 2016

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Two Easy Methods to Extract Unique Items From a List

You'll sometimes have large lists that you need to pull out all of the unique items. Here are a couple of quick and easy ways to do this.

Pivot Table Method
The first option is to use a Pivot Table. Even if you don't know how to use Pivot Tables, this one is super easy.

1) Select the column of data that you want to create the unique list of items from;

Extract Unique Items From List Pivot Table in Microsoft Excel 2007 2010 2013 2016 365

2) From the Insert tab, click Pivot Table in the Tables group and click OK. This will add a new sheet to your workbook containing a blank Pivot Table;

3) On the right side of your screen you will see the Pivot Table Field List showing only one item. Drag this item down to the Row Labels area below and the unique list of values will 'magically' appear in your worksheet.

Extract Unique Items From List Pivot Table in Microsoft Excel 2007 2010 2013 2016 365
If you want, you can copy these values elsewhere and then delete the sheet containing the Pivot Table.

Remove Duplicates Method
For the next method, to get a list of unique items, we just have to remove the duplicate items.

1) I
f you don't want to mess up your original data, copy your list to another sheet or workbook;

Extract Unique Items Remove Duplicates 1 in Microsoft Excel 2007 2010 2013 2016 365
2) With your list selected, from the Data tab and click the Remove Duplicates. If your data is in just one column, click OK and all the duplicates will be removed leaving just the unique values.

Extract Unique Items Remove Duplicates 2 in Microsoft Excel 2007 2010 2013 2016 365

Simple as that !!

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