## Saturday, July 20, 2013

Question:

( by tkatnash )

I have a created a form and stored the responses in a spreadsheet:

I need to create:

1. A separate sheet for each Session/Grade (C) so that I can publish them.

2. A vertical stacked list of all UNIQUE item/qty/location (F-H, I-K, etc).

3. Include the Teacher Last Name (E)/Class Name (B) for each item.

I have achieved a convoluted way to get to #2 (I'm sure there is a better way) but have absolutely no idea how to do #3. I have too much time in this already and of course, they want it yesterday. Argh!

Yogi are you out there?

Thank you anyone for some much needed and appreciated help!
~ T
Solution:

Have a look at the following screenshot:

I have the following formula in Cell A2:

=query(VMerge(query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,F,G,H";0);query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,I,J,K";0);query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,L,M,N";0);query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,O,P,Q";0);query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,R,S,T";0);query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,U,V,W";0);query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,X,Y,Z";0);query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,AA,AB,AC";0);query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,AD,AE,AF";0);query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,AG,AH,AI";0);query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,AJ,AK,AL";0);query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,AM,AN,AO";0);query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,AP,AQ,AR";0);query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,AS,AT,AU";0);query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,AV,AW,AX";0));"select * where Col1 contains 'MW6' ";0)

the above formula will give you all the columns mentioned by you in which there is "MW6" in "Session/Grade"

And if you want all the rows (that is not only "MW6"), then create a new sheet and try the following formula in it:

=VMerge(query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,F,G,H";0);query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,I,J,K";0);query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,L,M,N";0);query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,O,P,Q";0);query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,R,S,T";0);query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,U,V,W";0);query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,X,Y,Z";0);query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,AA,AB,AC";0);query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,AD,AE,AF";0);query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,AG,AH,AI";0);query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,AJ,AK,AL";0);query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,AM,AN,AO";0);query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,AP,AQ,AR";0);query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,AS,AT,AU";0);query('Responses'!A4:AZ;"select C,E,B,AV,AW,AX";0))

the above formulas looks horrible, but give the exact desired results...

and also the above formula also has a custom function VMerge() that you can install from Script Gallery.

Or if you wish then you can insert that VMerge code in your script editor from below.

Have a look at the following code:

///////////////////////////////////////

function VMerge() {
var maxw=l=0;
var minw=Number.MAX_VALUE;
var al=arguments.length ;
for( i=0 ; i<al ; i++){
if( arguments[i].constructor == Array )l =arguments[i][0].length ;
else if (arguments[i].length!=0) l = 1 ;
maxw=l>maxw?l:maxw;
minw=l<minw?l:minw;
}
if( maxw==minw) {
var s = new Array();
for( i=0 ; i<al ; i++){
if( arguments[i].constructor == Array ) s = s.concat( arguments[i].slice() )
else if (arguments[i].length!=0) s = s.concat( [[arguments[i]]] )
}
if ( s.length == 0 ) return null ; else return s;
}
else return "#N/A: All data ranges must be of equal width!"
}

///////////////////////////////////////

put the above code in your script editor, and then you can use it directly in your Google Spreadsheet or you can use its functionality in the Google Apps Script.

And If you are not much familiar with scripts then check out the following link:

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