## Filter unique distinct values, sorted and blanks removed

*Article updated on February 06, 2018*

**Table of Contents**

- Filter unique distinct values, sorted and blanks removed
- Filter duplicate values, sorted and blanks removed

*I am looking for the same formula on this page, but targeting a range of MxN (spanning multiple columns) not just a list in one column.*

*I see where you have formulas which act on MxN but not with all the features of this one:*

*1. Unique and distinct*

*2. Remove blanks*

*3. Sort*

*4. Properly handle numbers and text*

*And just to ask for the 'frosting on top' remove errors.*

**Answer:**

The array formula described in this post:

- Filters unique distinct values
- Returns values sorted
- Handles numbers and text together
- Removes blank cells
- Removes errors

**Excel 2007/2010 array formula in cell B8:**

**Named range**

tbl : B2:E5

How to create a named range

- Select cell range B2:E5
- Type
*tbl*in name box - Press Enter

**How to create an array formula**

- Copy (Ctrl + c) and paste (Ctrl + v) array formula into formula bar.
- Press and hold Ctrl + Shift.
- Press Enter once.
- Release all keys.

**Download excel file**

extract-a-unique-distinct-list-sorted-alphabetically-from-a-range removing blanks.xlsx

(Excel 2007 Workbook *.xlsx)

### Excel 2007/2010 array formula: Filter duplicate values, sorted and blanks removed

Array formula in cell B8:

### Download excel file

extract-a-duplicates-list-sorted-alphabetically-from-a-range-removing-blanks.xlsx

(Excel 2007 Workbook *.xlsx)

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Learn more about **counting unique distinct values and records**. Read these blog posts:

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Create a unique distinct list where a corresponding column has text cell values

Question: I want a unique list to be created from a column where an adjacent column has text cell value? […]Extract and sort text cells from a range containing both numerical and text values

Array formula in B16: =INDEX(tbl, MIN(IF(SMALL(IF(ISTEXT(tbl), COUNTIF(tbl, "<"&tbl)), ROW(1:1))=IF(ISTEXT(tbl), COUNTIF(tbl, "<"&tbl)), ROW(tbl)-MIN(ROW(tbl))+1)), MATCH(SMALL(IF(ISTEXT(tbl), COUNTIF(tbl, "<"&tbl)), ROW(1:1)), INDEX(IF(ISTEXT(tbl), COUNTIF(tbl, "<"&tbl)), MIN(IF(SMALL(IF(ISTEXT(tbl), […]### 11 Responses to “Filter unique distinct values, sorted and blanks removed”

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Awesome. Unbelievable. This has got to be one of the coolest formulas ever. Well, certainly that I've had the need to dream requirements for. Thank you so much!

And you might also want to add to your bullet list at the top of the Answer section that it handles numbers and text together. Some of your other formulas weren't for both. I'd have to guess that you won't get many more requests for enhancing this because it does everything I can imagine and is just outright awesome. You've just made my day.

BTW, I'm not a big fan of named ranges for my application, so I hard code the range. The way I set it up is with headers in row A, the formula in A2 and drag it down. I have my original data range in B2:D4. Here's all of that hard coded. It's nothing more than a search and replace of yours, so there's no functionality change, just a formatting change to avoid named ranges and rearrangement of where things are.

=IFERROR(SMALL(IF(($B$2:$D$4"")*(ISNUMBER($B$2:$D$4))*(COUNTIF($A$1:A1, $B$2:$D$4)=0), $B$2:$D$4, ""), 1), IFERROR(INDEX($B$2:$D$4, SMALL(IF(SMALL(IF((COUNTIF($A$1:A1, $B$2:$D$4)=0)*(ISTEXT($B$2:$D$4)), COUNTIF($B$2:$D$4, "<"&$B$2:$D$4)+1, ""), 1)=IF((COUNTIF($A$1:A1, $B$2:$D$4)=0)*(ISTEXT($B$2:$D$4)), COUNTIF($B$2:$D$4, "<"&$B$2:$D$4)+1, ""), ROW($B$2:$D$4)-MIN(ROW($B$2:$D$4))+1), 1), MATCH(SMALL(IF((COUNTIF($A$1:A1, $B$2:$D$4)=0)*(ISTEXT($B$2:$D$4)), COUNTIF($B$2:$D$4, "<"&$B$2:$D$4)+1, ""), 1), INDEX(IF((COUNTIF($A$1:A1, $B$2:$D$4)=0)*(ISTEXT($B$2:$D$4)), COUNTIF($B$2:$D$4, "<"&$B$2:$D$4)+1, ""), SMALL(IF(SMALL(IF((COUNTIF($A$1:A1, $B$2:$D$4)=0)*(ISTEXT($B$2:$D$4)), COUNTIF($B$2:$D$4, "<"&$B$2:$D$4)+1, ""), 1)=IF((COUNTIF($A$1:A1, $B$2:$D$4)=0)*(ISTEXT($B$2:$D$4)), COUNTIF($B$2:$D$4, "<"&$B$2:$D$4)+1, ""), ROW($B$2:$D$4)-MIN(ROW($B$2:$D$4))+1), 1), , 1), 0), 1), ""))

EEK,

You are welcome!

This is great. Do you have an example where the values are just on one column? Thanks!

JP,

I can´t find an example but I created a workbook. Check it out:

Unique-distinct-list-from-a-column-sorted-A-to-Z-blanks.xls

Hi guys,

i have question, what i must do if i want to have duplicates data.

i mean in sort list i want to see duplicates.

Can you help me plzzz

Goran,

read this post:

Sort a range from A to Z using array formula

Oscar,

Ty vm its helps :)

Oscar,

i read post but i have problem....what i must do or change in this formula to have duplicates data

=IFERROR(SMALL(IF((csh"")*(ISNUMBER(csh))*(COUNTIF($B$3:B19,csh)=0),csh,""),1),IFERROR(INDEX(csh,SMALL(IF(SMALL(IF((COUNTIF($B$3:B19,csh)=0)*(ISTEXT(csh)),COUNTIF(csh,"<"&csh)+1,""),1)=IF((COUNTIF($B$3:B19,csh)=0)*(ISTEXT(csh)),COUNTIF(csh,"<"&csh)+1,""),ROW(csh)-MIN(ROW(csh))+1),1),MATCH(SMALL(IF((COUNTIF($B$3:B19,csh)=0)*(ISTEXT(csh)),COUNTIF(csh,"<"&csh)+1,""),1),INDEX(IF((COUNTIF($B$3:B19,csh)=0)*(ISTEXT(csh)),COUNTIF(csh,"<"&csh)+1,""),SMALL(IF(SMALL(IF((COUNTIF($B$3:B19,csh)=0)*(ISTEXT(csh)),COUNTIF(csh,"<"&csh)+1,""),1)=IF((COUNTIF($B$3:B19,csh)=0)*(ISTEXT(csh)),COUNTIF(csh,"<"&csh)+1,""),ROW(csh)-MIN(ROW(csh))+1),1),,1),0),1),""))

Goran,

read this:

Filter duplicate values, sorted and blanks removed (array formula)

Is there a version of this that works if the "tbl" is actually 3 different columns (non-consecutive)? I used the post "Extract a unique distinct list from three columns in excel," (https://www.get-digital-help.com/2009/06/20/extract-a-unique-distinct-list-from-three-columns-in-excel/) but that formula does not remove blanks, which I need. Also, sorting alphabetically is not necessary.

Thanks!

Ross,

I have added an array formula that removes blanks:

Extract a unique distinct list from three columns with possible blanks