# How to Merge Rows Without Losing Data in Excel (5 Easy Ways)

In Excel, merging multiple rows, columns or cells is a common task. However, the standard merging procedure only keeps data from the upper left cell. In this Excel tutorial, we will demonstrate how to merge rows without losing data by using Excel functions, the Copy-Paste command, the Ampersand operator, Notepad, and VBA code.

Consider the following dataset with customer names in rows 6 to 12. We’ll merge these rows and gather all the customer names into a single row.

Here are 5 methods to merge rows without losing data in Excel:

## Using Excel Functions

Although using Excel functions like TEXTJOIN, CONCAT, or CONCATENATE is an indirect approach, it does ensure the merging of row data without losing any valuable information.

### Method 1 – Using TEXTJOIN Function

The TEXTJOIN function concatenates text from multiple cells, ranges, or columns in Excel. It is designed to work with a range, eliminating the need for manual cell input. The TEXTJOIN function can also handle blank cells and add separators when merging data from multiple rows. The function is available from Excel 2016 onwards.

Steps:

• Select a blank cell.
• Enter the following formula: `=TEXTJOIN(", ",TRUE,B6:B12)`

To keep all values in just one cell, we will apply Wrap Text:

• Select the output cell.
• Go to the Home tab > Alignment group > Wrap Text.

In the output, a comma (,) and a space act as separators between the merged row values.

Note
To ignore blank cells use TRUE and to include blank cells use FALSE in the TEXTJOIN function expression.

### Method 2 – Using CONCAT Function

The CONCAT function also merges text from multiple cells into a single cell. The drawback of the CONCAT function is that it doesn’t handle empty cells and errors well. Moreover, you need to manually input the rows.

Steps:

• Select a blank cell.
• Enter the following formula: `=CONCAT(B6,", ",B7,", ",B8,", ",B9,", ",B10,", ",B11,", ",B12)`
• Go to the Home tab > Alignment group > Wrap Text.

It is recommended to use data separators (comma and space) in the formula or else the output may become difficult to understand.

The CONCAT function is an alternative to the CONCATENATE function, which can also be usedÂ to merge rows without losing data in Excel. Here is the formula: `=CONCATENATE(B6,", ",B7,", ",B8,", ",B9,", ",B10,", ",B11,", ",B12)`

Note

The CONCAT function is recommended for its simplicity and compatibility across all Excel versions.

When using the CONCAT function, specify each cell individually.

Read more: How to Merge Rows and Columns in ExcelÂ

## Using Copy and Paste Command

Steps:

• Select the data to be merged.
• Go to Home tab > Clipboard group > Copy (or press CTRL+C).
• Select the output cell by double clicking it.
• Click the Clipboard icon from the Home tab, which will open the Clipboard panel on the left.
• Select the Paste All option.

This will return the following final output:

## Using the Ampersand Operator

The Ampersand (&) operator is very useful for combining text, numbers, or cell references in Excel, and can be used to create a dynamic formula.

Steps:

• Select a blank cell.
• Enter the following formula: `=B4&", "&B5&", "&B6&", "&B7&", "&B8&", "&B9&", "&B10`
• Press Enter.

The final output will look like the following image:

## Using Notepad

We can also merge multiple rows into a single row by using the Notepad application. Although this is not a conventional approach, this method can help in the case of large datasets, because Notepad eliminates any formatting complexities present in Excel.

Steps:

• Select data from all the rows and press CTRL+C.

Paste the data into an empty Notepad file.

• Customize the data as required, for example putting all the names in one line, or inserting a comma between two names.
• Copy and paste the data back into an empty row in your Excel file by using double click.

## Applying VBA Code

In the case of a large dataset, it is very helpful to use VBA code to merge rows while preserving existing data.

Steps:

Go to the Developer tab > Visual Basic (or press ATL+F11).

This will open the Microsoft Visual Basic Application window.

• Go to the Insert tab > Module.

• Copy and paste the following code into the module:
``````Sub vba_merge_with_values()

Dim val As String
Dim rng As Range

Set rng = Selection

For Each Cell In rng
val = val & " " & Cell.Value
Next Cell

With rng
.Merge
.Value = Trim(val)
.WrapText = True
.HorizontalAlignment = xlCenter
.VerticalAlignment = xlCenter
End With

End Sub``````
• Click Save (or press CTRL+S on the keyboard) to save the file.

• Select the rows to be merged.
• Go to the Developer tab > Code group > Macros.

• From the Macro dialog box, select the code and press Run.

A warning message will pop up.

• Click OK to proceed.

The following output is returned after using the code:

Note
Be careful with the code because there’s no undo option once it’s used.

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## Frequently Asked Questions

### How Do I Convert Multiple Rows to One Column in Excel?

Follow these steps:

• Select the rows.
• Copy the selected rows by pressing CTRL+C.
• Choose the output cell.
• Right-click on it and choose Paste Special.
• In the Paste Special dialog box, select Transpose and click OK.

This will convert the data from multiple rows into one column.

### How to Handle Blank Cells During the Merging Process?

Use the TEXTJOIN function which provides the option to include or ignore blank or empty cells in a range.

### How to Merge Rows With Different Data Types Without Losing Information?

Use Excel functions like CONCAT, CONCATENATE, and TEXTJOIN, which allow combining data from various cells while preserving the integrity of different data types.

## Further Reading

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1. Thank You! This helps a lot!

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