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I have a single column in an Excel sheet with around 25,000 cells (numbers). Most of them are identical that in the end there are only - I guess - maybe 200 different numbers.


Is there a way to extract them? In the end, I want a list with every entry only occurring once:


I played around with a lot of Excel features, including the new grouping option - but most of them only work with tables of two or more columns.

I have Excel 2013, Excel 2007 and Libre Office Calc 3.6 available. Any ideas?

Update: Yes, I want that list in an Excel sheet or similar tools. Anything that allows further tabular processing. CSV would be okay, too.

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you want a list where? in excel? in a single cell as strings? – Solemnity Jan 24 '13 at 7:16
yes in excel. updated the question and added clarification. – 5chdn Jan 24 '13 at 7:19
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Have you seen Filter for unique values or remove duplicate values?

  • Select the range of cells, or make sure the active cell is in a table.
  • On the Data tab, in the Sort & Filter group, click Advanced.

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  • In the Advanced Filter dialog box, do one of the following:

    1. To filter the range of cells or table in place, click Filter the list, in-place.
    2. To copy the results of the filter to another location, do the following:
      • Click Copy to another location.
      • In the Copy to box, enter a cell reference.
      • Alternatively, click Collapse Dialog Button image to temporarily hide the dialog box, select a cell on the worksheet, and then press Expand Dialog Button image.
  • Select the Unique records only check box, and click OK.

The unique values from the selected range are copied to the new location.

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got it, thanks! – 5chdn Jan 24 '13 at 8:11

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