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On 30/12/13 09:51, Regina Henschel wrote:
Hi Keith,

Keith Bates schrieb:
Hi everyone,

I've used Libre Office for years, but I am an absolute newbie as far as
Calc is concerned for anything but the very basics. :)

Here is my problem.

My church has to report to the copyright licence holders the names of
the songs it uses and the number of times each song is used in a given
time period.

The software we use for projecting the words for songs (OpenLP) will
produce the name of each song used in each service. It will generate a CSV

Obviously it is easy enough to import that into a spreadsheet.

How can I then count the number of times each song is used? I could sort
the table by song title and then count them manually, but I am guessing
there would be some sort of function that automates the counting.

Thanks for any help on this.

Import the csv data into the spreadsheet.
Define a data range for this data including the field names.
Generate a pivot table from it this way:
- drag the field name of the song title to the "Row Fields"
- drag the same field name to the "Data Fields".
- Double click the field name button in the "Data Fields" area and change the function from "sum" to "count".

Using a pivot table has the advantage, that you do not need to know beforehand, which song titles are contained in the list.

Kind regards

Thank you to everyone who offered help with this.

I found the pivot table option to be the best one- thanks Regina for your detailed instructions.

Before today, I had no idea what a pivot table is- now apparently I can use one :)

I might read the user guide now to  deepen my understanding.

Paul suggested using Subtotals on the column with the song title, but I found this sorted just that column which separated the song titles from other fields. I guess I could have selected the other fields as part of the sorting/sub-totalling, but the pivot table has the advantage of giving the information without messing with the data.

God bless you
Keith Bates
4 Mooloobar St
Narrabri NSW
Ph 02 67924890

Jesus is the Way
the Truth and the Life

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