excel columns

Public Schedule Face-to-Face & Virtual Instructor-Led Training - View dates & book

Forum home » Delegate support and help forum » Microsoft Excel Training and help » Excel columns

Excel columns

resolvedResolved · Low Priority · Version 2016

Steve has attended:
Excel Advanced course

Excel columns

Hi Marius,

I have this report that I spoke to you about on the course last week. What we are trying to do is convert all of the information from multiple rows, into 1 row, but also doing a running total on the report. We have stock with multiple best before dates and multiple quantities. What we need to know is if excel can convert the multiple dates and put them on one row, but also check if each specific date stock will sell out before they run out of shelf life.

Am I able send you the part of the report and you can help me with this?

Kind Regards


RE: Excel columns

Hi Steven

Thanks for your question!

Unfortunately Marius is actually on holiday or training until almost the end of April, however I am more than happy to take a look at your issue.

Please could you send over your file and any extra detail/context that may be useful to info@stl-training.co.uk.

We can then take a look and give you some advice.

Kind Regards,
Excel Trainer

RE: Excel columns

Hi Steve

Thank you for sending your file over.

I took a look at your request and consulted other colleagues, unfortunately we think it's very difficult to achieve what you outlined.

You currently have your data set out in the optimal way for working in Excel - listed in columns. Rearranging the data to sit in horizontally along one line will take a long time and will actually limit the analytical capability of your data.

I suggest using the multi-level sort tool (found in the Data Ribbon) to organise the data by product and best before date, or using the filter tools. You may also like to use conditional formatting to highlight products nearing best before. Creating a Pivot Table is unlikely to help you achieve what you want, as PT's condense and summarise your data, allowing you to analyse and create reports rather than rearrange data.

Sorry to not be able to help further, but do let us know if you have any other questions in the future.

Kind Regards,
Excel Trainer

Thu 25 Apr 2019: Automatically marked as resolved.


Training courses


Training information:

See also:

Welcome. Please choose your application (eg. Excel) and then post your question.

Our Microsoft Qualified trainers will then respond within 24 hours (working days).

Frequently Asked Questions
What does 'Resolved' mean?

Any suggestions, questions or comments? Please post in the Improve the forum thread.


Excel tip:

Quick Zooming in Excel with rollerball mouses

To zoom in and out of your page hold down the control key and roll the wheel up and down. This will zoom up and down 15% at a time.

View all Excel hints and tips

Server loaded in 0.06 secs.