By user3095042

2013-12-12 11:11:20 8 Comments

I need to convert the Excel matrix FIRST in the table LATER:


    P1  P2  P3  P4
F1  X
F2  X   X
F3      X       X
F4      X   X


F1  P1  X
F1  P2
F1  P3
F1  P4
F2  P1  X
F2  P2  X
F2  P3
F2  P4
F3  P1
F3  P2  X
F3  P3
F3  P4  X
F4  P1
F4  P2  X
F4  P3  X
F4  P4


@Matt 2018-11-14 15:09:53

All of the solutions so far involve VBA, PowerQuery, etc. which are great, but are "one-time" events. To make it more dynamic, consider using INDEX(MATCH(...)). This will allow for dynamic updates to the table.

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@pnuts 2013-12-12 12:31:41

To “reverse pivot”, “unpivot” or “flatten”:

  1. For Excel 2003: Activate any cell in your summary table and choose Data - PivotTable and PivotChart Report:

    SO20541905 first example

For later versions access the Wizard with Alt+D, P.

For Excel for Mac 2011, it's +Alt+P (See here).

  1. Select Multiple consolidation ranges and click Next.

    SO20541905 second example

  2. In “Step 2a of 3”, choose I will create the page fields and click Next.

    SO20541905 third example

  3. In “Step 2b of 3” specify your summary table range in the Range field (A1:E5 for the sample data) and click Add, then Next.

    SO20541905 fourth example

  4. In “Step 3 of 3”, select a location for the pivot table (the existing sheet should serve, as the PT is only required temporarily):

    SO20541905 fifth example

  5. Click Finish to create the pivot table:

    SO20541905 sixth example

  6. Drill down (ie double-click) on the intersect of the Grand Totals (here Cell V7 or 7):

    SO20541905 seventh example

  7. The PT may now be deleted.

  8. The resulting Table may be converted to a conventional array of cells by selecting Table in the Quick Menu (right-click in the Table) and Convert to Range.

There is a video on the same subject at Launch Excel which I consider excellent quality.

@KyleMit 2014-12-15 21:57:09

pnuts, this is really neat, the only down side being that if the data updates in the original table, it will not be automatically propagated to the new table. But, otherwise, a perfect solution!

@Siddharth Rout 2015-09-07 09:34:58

++ What can I say? Simply beautiful :)

@JDC 2016-03-10 16:28:30

This double click on the GrandTotal really is a hidden feature.. and a nice feature!

@Stefan Steiger 2017-09-11 10:32:27

The ALT+D,P-Shortcut won't be available in non-English Excel versions. See… for a workaround.

@teylyn 2014-12-27 21:10:28

Another way to unpivot data without using VBA is with PowerQuery, a free add-in for Excel 2010 and higher, available here:

Install and activate the Power Query add-in. Then follow these steps:

Add a column label to your data source and turn it into an Excel Table via Insert > Table or Ctrl - T.

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Select any cell in the table and on the Power Query ribbon click "From Table".

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This will open the table in the Power Query Editor window.

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Click the column header of the first column to select it. Then, on the Transform ribbon, click the Unpivot Columns drop-down and select Unpivot other columns.

For versions of Power Query that don't have the Unpivot other columns command, select all columns except the first one (using Shift-click on the column headers) and use the Unpivot command.

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The result is a flat table. Click Close and Load on the Home ribbon and the data will be loaded onto a new Excel sheet.

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Now to the good part. Add some data to your source table, for example

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Click on the sheet with the Power Query result table and on the Data ribbon click Refresh all. You will see something like:

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Power Query is not just a one-time transformation. It is repeatable and can be linked to dynamically changing data.

@unubar 2018-09-01 06:07:13

Thanks. Very simple and very powerful method. And best of all the data is dynamically linked!

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