Merging files together can be useful in many cases. And, there are many types of merging that you can do!
Whether you are combing a bunch of worksheets spread across various workbooks into a single worksheet, or even just combining worksheets from the same workbook together - there are a LOT of options for how to do this. The best option for you will just depend on a) your comfort level and b) the complexity of the merging you need to do. Let's review!
For most merges, you'll want to be sure that you are working with datasets that have the same structure. This means you have the same number of columns
and the same header.
This will ensure that when you merge the data together, you don't end up with a level-10 chaotic mess. However
, if you are feeling risky and want a challenge, you can opt to merge data together that does not contain the same header/column structure. This guide here
goes into detail on how to carefully complete that process.
For most of you, the simplest and least headache-ridden methods will involve combing datasets with the same structure. Before we dive in to your options, let's pause for a little reminder:
Combining data from various CSV files will inevitably (for most) involve viewing/handling the data in a spreadsheet program (like Excel). That means you must not forget the crucial
step in working with CSV in those type of programs - import the data in! Don't skip this important step and jump straight to just opening the CSV and start merging data. Importing the data
will ensure your data is kept intact and accurate and not mangled up in translation when opening the file.
Okay, let's go.