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Rusty has a list of ZIP Codes in a column of a worksheet. He would like a way to "compress" the codes so that sequential ranges of values are on a single row. So, for instance, instead of 35013, 35014, and 35015 taking up three rows, they would appear on a single row as 35013-35015.

There are a couple of ways to go about this—with or without macros. On the "without macros" side of the fence, there are a number of different approaches, and all of them involve the use of additional columns to hold intermediate results.

For example, let's assume that you have your data in column A, starting in cell A2, and that cell A1 is empty (it doesn't even have header text in it). In this case you could enter the following formula in cell B2:

=IF(NOT(A2-A1=1),A2,IF(A3-A2=1,B1,A2))

Then, in cell C2, enter the following long formula:

=IF(NOT(A3-A2=1),IF(A2-A1=1,TEXT(B1,"00000") &" - "&TEXT(B2,"00000"),TEXT(A2,"00000")),"")

Now you can copy the formulas in cells B2:C2 down their respective columns. What you end up with in column C is the condensed series of ZIP Codes. You can copy these values—using Paste Special to ignore blank cells—to anyplace else you want.

If you want to use a macro approach, then there are no intermediate columns necessary. A macro can be written that essentially collapses the list of ZIP Codes in place. The following macro loops through whatever range of cells you selected and creates the condensed list:

Sub CombineValues() Dim rng As Range Dim rCell As Range Dim sNewArray() As String Dim x As Long Dim y As Long Dim sStart As String Dim sEnd As String Set rng = Selection sStart = rng.Cells(1) sEnd = sStart y = 1 For x = 1 To rng.Count - 1 If rng.Cells(x + 1) - _ rng.Cells(x) > 1 Then 'End ReDim Preserve sNewArray(1 To y) If sStart = sEnd Then sNewArray(y) = sStart Else sNewArray(y) = sStart & "-" & sEnd End If sStart = rng.Cells(x + 1) y = y + 1 End If sEnd = rng.Cells(x + 1) ReDim Preserve sNewArray(1 To y) If sStart = sEnd Then sNewArray(y) = sStart Else sNewArray(y) = sStart & "-" & sEnd End If Next rng.ClearContents For x = 1 To y rng.Cells(x) = "'" & sNewArray(x) Next Set rng = Nothing Set rCell = Nothing End Sub

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2021-02-11 17:25:43

David Czuba

2021-02-11 10:32:38

David Bonin

If so, the the only question is whether you are concerned about possible gaps / missing zip codes between the min and max values. Including a COUNT() function should allow you to detect this so you can make adjustments accordingly.

2019-09-15 01:25:26

Frederick Rothstein

Sub CombineValues()

Dim N As Long, Data As Variant, Temp As Variant, Series As Variant

Data = Selection.Resize(Selection.Count + 1).Value

ReDim Temp(1 To UBound(Data))

Temp(1) = Data(1, 1)

For N = 2 To UBound(Data) - 1

If Data(N - 1, 1) + 1 = Data(N, 1) Then

If Data(N, 1) + 1 <> Data(N + 1, 1) Then Temp(N) = -Data(N, 1) & ","

Else

Temp(N) = Data(N, 1) & ","

End If

Next

Series = Split(Trim(Replace(Replace(Replace(Join(Temp), " ", ""), ",-", "-"), ",", " ")))

Selection.ClearContents

Selection.Resize(UBound(Series) + 1) = Application.Transpose(Series)

End Sub

2019-09-15 01:20:37

Frederick Rothstein

Sub CombineValues()

Dim N As Long, Data As Variant, Temp As Variant, Series As Variant

Data = Selection.Resize(Selection.Count + 1).Value

ReDim Temp(1 To UBound(Data))

Temp(1) = Data(1, 1)

For N = 2 To UBound(Data) - 1

If Data(N - 1, 1) + 1 = Data(N, 1) Then

If Data(N, 1) + 1 <> Data(N + 1, 1) Then Temp(N) = -Data(N, 1) & ","

Else

Temp(N) = Data(N, 1) & ","

End If

Next

Series = Split(Trim(Replace(Replace(Replace(Join(Temp), " ", ""), ",-", "-"), ",", " ")))

Selection.ClearContents

Selection.Resize(UBound(Series) + 1) = Application.Transpose(Series)

End Sub

2019-09-15 01:14:40

Frederick Rothstein

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2016-07-20 06:43:05

Michael (Micky) Avidan

...and: folloeing, should be: following

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Michael (Micky) Avidan

“Microsoft® Answers" - Wiki author & Forums Moderator

“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2017)

ISRAEL

2016-07-20 06:40:39

Michael (Micky) Avidan

Some say that I sometimes have trouble to understand problems.

If this is not such a case - I would love to hear your opinion regarding the solution shown in the folloeing picture.

(see Figure 1 below)

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Michael (Micky) Avidan

“Microsoft® Answers" - Wiki author & Forums Moderator

“Microsoft®” MVP – Excel (2009-2017)

ISRAEL

**Figure 1.**

2016-07-19 17:11:14

Austin Brister

Do you have a similar tool for a selection in Word of a comma delineated list?

2016-06-19 01:24:33

Nir Liberman

B2: =IF(A2=A1+1,B1,A2)

C2: =IF(B2=B3,"",TEXT(B2,"00000")&IF(B2=B1," - " & TEXT(A2,"00000"),""))

for sorted (asc) list only.

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