Excel users frequently want to combine columns. For example to turn:
You can do this in Excel using the ‘&’ concatenate operator. And then copy this down to all the rows that are needed.
This works fine for modifying small tables. But it is tedious when you are combining lots of columns, especially on many worksheets.
However it is trivially easy to do in Easy Data Transform:
In the Right pane you can now see that a new column has been added to right hand side. No need to ‘run’ anything. Select the columns you wish to combine and the Delimiter you wish to add between them (you can leave Delimiter empty).
For more information on Concat Cols options see the Concat Cols documentation.
If you want to rename the new column you can use the Rename Cols transform.
If you want to combine the columns in a different order, use the Reorder cols transform in the Left pane before you Concat Cols.
When you are happy with the results you can output the transformed data to a new file in a range of file formats. Ensuring that the blue transform item is selected, click the To File button at the bottom of the Left pane to create a new output file (you might have to scroll down to see the button).
If you need to combine columns in lots of Excel sheets, you can do it in a single operation using the batch processing feature.
Note that Concat cols is just one of 66 transforms that Easy Data Transform supports. It can split Excel columns just as easily. Easy Data Transform can process millions of rows and input and output in multiple formats.
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