Every once in a while, you run into ugly Data Sets and this one qualifies.  In ‘Dueling Excel’ Episode #154, we find that someone decided it would be brilliant to put the text category and the sales amount in a single cell such as “WXYZ123”. Today’s duel is how to get the total sales for each category. Mike and Bill go back and forth 4 times today, offering a solution with Text to Columns, a Pivot Table, Array Formulas, and a VBA UDF.

"Ctrl+Shift+Enter" by Mike 'ExcelIsFun' Girvin

Although elusive, Array Formulas can be used to solve everyday Excel problems. If you need to figure out how many times your birthday fell on a Friday, an Array Formula can solve that. If you need to return a Unique List of Sales Reps from a Database, an Array Formula can solve that. Now, at your own pace, you can learn the methods, the tricks, the dos and the don’ts that will allow you to “Command The Power of the ‘Array Formula’ in Microsoft Excel“! “Ctrl+Shift+Enter: Mastering Excel Array Formulas” by Mike ‘ExcelIsFun’ Girvin tells all!

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