In this article, we will learn How to consolidate lists in Excel.
Whenever we have the same type of data over different sheets. Like Add all the Daily amounts of milk, coffee and tea to get the total of all amounts having milk, coffee and tea. Consolidate means to join things together into one. So consolidate the whole data using Consolidate in excel.
Consolidate in Excel
Select the new sheet where you need the consolidated data be. Then Go to Data > Consolidate.
Choose the aggregate function > select and add all data reference > Tick Top row & Left label > Click Ok.
All of these might be confusing to understand. Let's understand how to use the function using an example. Here we have products data from different categories having sales, quantity and Profit. We need to sum all sales, quantity and profit for all three sheets.
These tables are named as data1, data2 and data3 as seen clearly from the top left Name box. Use this for efficient use of consolidating tables
Now we use the consolidate option. Insert a new sheet And Go to Data > Consolidate.
Consolidate dialog box appears.
Choose the Function from the list. List has Sum, Count, Average, Max, Min, Stdev, Var to calculate the fields. Here we choose SUM function.
In the Reference box, select the table and click Add to merge it. If using named ranges, just type data1 > Add > type data2 > Add > type data3 > Add.
Similarly add all data in sheet1, sheet2, sheet3 one by one. Tick the top row box, tick the left column box and tick Create link to source data box.
Now click Ok to get the whole sum sales, quantity and Profit based on Category column.
This is Level of grouped data. Switch to Level 2 for detailed sum.
As you can see clearly the SUM of values with different categories. Isn't it easy. Selecting all data by reference may be hectic. So just name the table as data1, data2 and data3 as used in the explained example.
You can also use the SUMIF function. It works with one criteria and SUM values based on the criteria. But Consolidate option allows user to choose from various aggregate function
Here are all the observational notes using the formula in Excel
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