We've all been there - scrolling through a giant Excel spreadsheet when you notice some cells seem a little too familiar. Before you know it, you're buried under a pile of duplicate data!
Have no fear - removing duplicates in Excel is easier than you think. This guide will liven up the process with a dash of humor and a few handy tables. Let's dig in!
Locating Duplicate Values
The first step is identifying any duplicate values lurking in your spreadsheet. Here's a simple way to do it:
- Select the cells you want to check for duplicates.
- On the Home tab, click Conditional Formatting > Highlight Cell Rules > Duplicate Values.
- Pick a formatting style to highlight duplicates, like red fill.
Now any repeats will be easy to spot! 👀
Eliminating The Duplicates
Once you've found the duplicate troublemakers, it's time to remove them:
- Select any cell in your data range.
- Go to Data > Remove Duplicates.
- Select the columns you want to check for duplicates.
- Click OK!
Here's a before and after with our example:
Finding and deleting duplicate values in Excel is a cinch once you know these simple tricks. With handy conditional formatting and the Remove Duplicates tool, you can keep your data neat and tidy in no time.
Next time duplicates bug you, don't let them excel at annoyance! Just follow these steps to squash them out of your spreadsheet for good.