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Excel 2020: Formula for Unique or Distinct

September 21, 2020 - by Bill Jelen

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The UNIQUE function will provide either a list of unique or distinct values.

=UNIQUE has three arguments: array, by_col and occurs_once. Only the array is required.

If you ask me for the list of unique values from this list: Apple, Apple, Banana, Cherry, Cherry, I would tell you that the list of unique values is Apple, Banana, Cherry. If you ask 100 accountants, about 92 of them would agree with me. But there is a segment of the population who disagrees and says that the only unique thing in the list is Banana because it is the only item that appears once.

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