# Excel - COLUMN Function Problem - Expert Solution

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I filtered data in column A (it is labeled ID #) of a data set. On my next worksheet, column A is also the ID #, but it is a different data set. I want to filter the ID #'s the same for the two sheets, but how do I do that being that I am working with two different sets of data?
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Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:12
Hello
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:12
Welcome to Excel chat.
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:16
Ok. I can see the data in two sheets.
User 15/02/2018 - 07:17
Ok, so I just filtered the data within column one. Do you follow?
User 15/02/2018 - 07:17
column one of sheet one
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:17
Ok. I can see that. You have filtered them on some criteria.
User 15/02/2018 - 07:18
Yes, the criteria is all year numbers that are equal to two.
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:18
i.e. where Year# = 2
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:18
Ok.
User 15/02/2018 - 07:18
So my filtered results are 1, 3, 6, 8,13
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:18
Yes.
User 15/02/2018 - 07:19
How do I apply those results and filter column A within sheet two so it only shows those 5 numbers?
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:20
Would you like to have a formula in column C of sheet 2?
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:20
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:20
Then you can apply the filter on column C.
User 15/02/2018 - 07:20
What would the formula be?
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:20
Let me put that formula for you in column C of sheet 2.
User 15/02/2018 - 07:22
Ok
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:23
Now you can filter your column C.
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:23
If you are satisfied with the solution, I can explain the formula to you and then you can modify it for your use.
User 15/02/2018 - 07:24
How do I filter that?
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:25
Please see the sheet 2 now
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:25
You have to apply text filter.
User 15/02/2018 - 07:26
Text filter --> contains --> true? is that what you do
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:26
Also, you don't have to use "True" or "False", these can be any other text or number of your choice. And then you can filter on that.
User 15/02/2018 - 07:26
Can you explain the formula to me please?
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:26
I used Text Filters > Equals > True
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:26
Sure.
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:27
So I have used a VLOOKUP formula to find the matching value in sheet 1
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:28
VLOOKUP has 3 main parameters, 1st is the value we want to search. In this case it was value in column A.
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:28
2nd is where we want to search, the table where data is, in this case it was Sheet1!A:B
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:28
It's important that 1st column of data contains the value that we want to search.
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:29
in this case ID.
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:29
Now, I have used a value 2 as 3rd parameter,
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:29
because I want to check if my value is matched then it must return corresponding value in column B, which has a index of 2 in my data set.
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:30
Then I used, FALSE, which is optional parameter, and it means that I want exact search.
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:31
Now if I applied VLOOKUP formula to all the cells in column C, all will be matched with corresponding values from B.
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:32
Hence I used an IF function wrapping the VLOOKUP result.
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:33
Now if any VLOOKUP formula gives result of 2, it will put "TRUE", else it will put "FALSE" in the column C.
User 15/02/2018 - 07:33
ok
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:34
To make it simpler, you can just use VLOOKUP, and it will give the values of B from your sheet1, and then you can filter on column C.
User 15/02/2018 - 07:34
ok thank you for the help
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:34
And you won't need IF function.
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:34
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:34
Hope to see you again soon. Please end this session.
Excelchat Expert 15/02/2018 - 07:34
Bye!

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