Excel: How to Use The VSTACK Function

Photo of a businessperson using the VSTACK function in Excel.

Are you an Excel user on the lookout for ways to streamline your data management tasks? If so, the VSTACK function is about to become your new best friend! VSTACK is a game-changing function designed to simplify how you handle and manipulate data.

What is VSTACK?

VSTACK stands for “Vertical Stack,” and as the name suggests, it allows you to stack ranges of data vertically. This function is particularly useful when you need to combine multiple ranges or arrays into a single, cohesive column. Whether you’re consolidating data from different sheets, creating summary reports, or managing large datasets, VSTACK makes it effortless to merge information without the need for complex formulas or manual copying.

The syntax of VSTACK is refreshingly simple:

=VSTACK(array1, array2, …)

Here, array1 is the first range or Table you want to stack, and array2, array3, etc. are additional ranges or Tables you wish to combine. The function seamlessly stacks these arrays one below the other, creating a single vertical array that includes all the data from the specified ranges.

4 Key Benefits of Using VSTACK

1. Simplicity and Efficiency: Forget about manual copying or complex concatenation formulas. With VSTACK, you can combine multiple datasets with a single, straightforward function.

2. Enhanced Data Management: VSTACK is perfect for creating consolidated views of data from multiple sources, making it easier to analyze and interpret information.

3. Dynamic Updates: When the source data changes, VSTACK automatically updates, ensuring your combined dataset is always current.

4. Error Reduction: By automating the stacking process, VSTACK minimizes the risk of errors that often occur with manual data handling.

A Practical Application

Imagine you are creating an HR report. You have 3 sheets – UK, France and Spain. These are the locations where your company has an office. Each sheet contains a Table. Each row in each Table contains employee information

Excel screen shot showing employee information.

Using VSTACK, you can effortlessly combine these Tables into a single dataset. This not only saves time but also makes it easier to perform further analysis, such as creating pivot tables or charts.

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Written by TheExcelTrainer
Mike Thomas has worked in the IT training business since 1989. He is a subject matter expert in a range of technologies, his primary focus and passion being Microsoft Office (especially Excel) and Power BI. In 2012 Mike founded The Excel Trainer where he has produced nearly 200 written and video-based Excel tutorials. He has recorded several Excel training courses for Pluralsight and in his career delivered thousands of courses and webinars on a wide variety of technology-related topics. Mike is a Fellow of The Learning and Performance Institute and has worked with and for a large number of global and UK-based companies and organizations across a diverse range of sectors. In addition to training, he also designs and develops Microsoft Office-based solutions that automate key business tasks and processes.
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