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    Generate data from 3 different columns



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    Column A
    ------
    acne
    pimple
    scar


    Column B
    -----
    treatment
    surgery
    cure
    medication


    Column C
    ------
    mumbai
    delhi
    chennai
    ahmedabad
    pune


    I want to combine the data and generate all possible combinations such as
    acne treatment mumbai
    acne treatment delhi
    acne treatment chennai
    acne treatment ahmedabad
    acne treatment pune etc..

    pimple treatment mumbai
    pimple treatment delhi
    pimple treatment chennai
    pimple treatment ahmedabad etc..

    how do I do it in Excel 2003?
    What is the formula I should use so that I do not have to do manually?

    Thanks in advance for help

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    Personally, I'd use a macro for this. Assuming that your data table is in columns A, B and C of Sheet1, starting in Row 2, this should work:

    Code:
    Sub BuildList()
        Dim wsSource As Worksheet
        Dim wsTarget As Worksheet
        Dim x As Long
        Dim y As Long
        Dim z As Long
        Dim lCount As Long
        
        Set wsSource = Worksheets("Sheet1")
        Set wsTarget = Worksheets("Sheet2")
        
        With wsSource
            For x = 2 To .Range("A" & .Rows.Count).End(xlUp).Row
                For y = 2 To .Range("B" & .Rows.Count).End(xlUp).Row
                    For z = 2 To .Range("C" & .Rows.Count).End(xlUp).Row
                        wsTarget.Range("A1").Offset(lCount, 0).Value = _
                            .Cells(x, 1).Value & " " & .Cells(y, 2).Value & " " & .Cells(z, 3).Value
                        lCount = lCount + 1
                    Next z
                Next y
            Next x
        End With
    End Sub
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    Hello Ken,

    Your Macro has saved a lot of time for me.. Thanks a lot..

    I have another situation..

    Sometimes I have data in column D & sometimes in column D + column E..

    How do I get the results of these combinations?

    Thanks in advance

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