by Allen Wyatt (last updated July 7, 2012)
If you get workbooks that have identically structured data on each worksheet, you may be interested in a way to combine the multiple worksheets into a single, large worksheet.
The concept behind doing the condensation is rather easy: You simply need to copy the data from the second and subsequent worksheets to the first empty row on the first worksheet. Fortunately, Excel includes a feature that allows you to do this very process—the Consolidate tool.
The Consolidate tool allows you to combine worksheets where data is defined by position or by category. By position means that the data is in the same position on every worksheet. For instance, if the data tables on each worksheet have the exact same columns, then you would consolidate by position. By category means that you want to combine data from tables in which the data may not use a consistent structure. You use this type of consolidation if the columns in the data tables are in different orders.