I have this data set which i want to split into two columns using a formula. I know i can use something like


down along the adjacent column, which puts a 1 or 0 in each row which i can then filter.

I wonder if there is a simpler method using a formula?


I want to end up with this in another 2 columns.

A  A  B
B  C  D
C  E  F

I have tried =OFFSET($A$2,2,-1) in Column B1 and =OFFSET($A$2,4,-1) in cell B2, dragging down does not increment properly, i need to increment the "2" by 2 on each new row.


One formula.

Put this in B1 copy over and down.


Unlike INDIRECT and OFFSET, this is not volatile.

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  • this is a great answer, for simplicity it wins – platinums Mar 23 '18 at 14:43

Use Indirect.

In B1 use this formula:


In C1 use this formula

  • yes perfect, Thanks Phil - I had used indirect in the past, had a sneaking suspicion it would work for this. – platinums Mar 23 '18 at 14:41

You just need to add a row count mulitplied by 2, into your OFFSET,

In B1 you can use:


In C1 you can use:


Then drag them both down.

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