changing numbers to letters

dftf

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Is there any easy way to do this?

I have 200+ spreadsheets, each with 1000's of lines, that I need to modify. This is an example of the numbers in a column.
2
2
6
6
10
10
15
15
15
15
15
24
27
31
35
35
39
39
44

I need to change them to the sequential letter. The twos, since they are first, would change to As, the sixes, since they are second, would change to Bs, etc.

The catch is that the numbers wouldn't always correspond to the same letter. The sixes might come fourth in the next list and would need to change to Ds, the fourth letter.

Thanks for any help.

David
 

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Joe4

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Let's say that your data begins in Cell A1. If you want to put your letter codes in column B, then enter these values/formulas:

In Cell B1: A
In Cell B2: =IF(A2=A1,B1,CHAR(CODE(B1)+1))
copy down for all rows

This will work, at least for the first 26 changes.
 

hatman

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I see that an answer was forthcoming before I got a chance. but I'll share anyway, since I went a little bit more generic. I assumed that your list might not be sorted, which Jm14's solution depends upon... so here is an alternative (less compact) if the numbers may appear in random order:
Book1
IJKLM
1755B
1844A
1999F
204 A
2188E
2266C
236 C
2477D
257 D
261515H
271212G
2812 G
2912 G
3012 G
Sheet1
 

Joe4

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Yes, my solution does depend on the list being sorted. I was going off of the example they posted. I probably should have said that in my reply...
 
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