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I have got multiple columns with info. I would like to know if there's a way that I can make questions that can reduce the columns into the criteria I am looking for. For example, Each column have different vehicles with all their specs in. Now I want to ask questions like price, year etc and eliminate the vehicles that does not fit the criteria? Thanks!

Solved by K. L. in 46 mins

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Excelchat Expert
23/04/2018 - 09:13

Hi welcome!

User
23/04/2018 - 09:13

Hi

Excelchat Expert
23/04/2018 - 09:14

You have a question on search criteria from different columns- is that correct?

User
23/04/2018 - 09:14

Yes. I'd like to know if there's a way to filter through columns by way of elimination

User
23/04/2018 - 09:15

For example>>

Excelchat Expert
23/04/2018 - 09:15

Yes, depending on how things are set up.

User
23/04/2018 - 09:16

So now I have got 2 questions>

User
23/04/2018 - 09:17

So the in this example the bmw and the Toyota should be removed and the Mercedes only one left?

User
23/04/2018 - 09:17

Is this possible?

Excelchat Expert
23/04/2018 - 09:17

Let me review your example.

User
23/04/2018 - 09:17

The options would of course be a drop down menu

Excelchat Expert
23/04/2018 - 09:18

Ok, the criteria requires both conditions = white and 2001-correct?

User
23/04/2018 - 09:18

Yes

Excelchat Expert
23/04/2018 - 09:19

And the drop down selection results are shown in B7 and B8-correct?

User
23/04/2018 - 09:19

Yes

Excelchat Expert
23/04/2018 - 09:21

Are we allowed to add columns? What I think is the easy way to go and maintain- is a column that concats B, C, D, in this exmple and the same with critera,

Excelchat Expert
23/04/2018 - 09:23

But nor sure what you mean by only the Mercedes is left. Not really a way to delete data, Do you mean just show the selection in another part of the sheet ?

User
23/04/2018 - 09:24

I think ideally I would want to ask the questions on a different sheet and then the columns that fits in the criteria either gets highlighted or maybe shown on a separate sheet?

Excelchat Expert
23/04/2018 - 09:25

ok, I can start with some ideas and we can go from there, time permitting.

User
23/04/2018 - 09:26

Please

Excelchat Expert
23/04/2018 - 09:26

I need to take this example to desktop , viewer is not really for construction. Please stand by.

User
23/04/2018 - 09:26

Ok

Excelchat Expert
23/04/2018 - 09:40

Ok, sorry it took a while

User
23/04/2018 - 09:40

No worries

Excelchat Expert
23/04/2018 - 09:40

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Excelchat Expert
23/04/2018 - 09:40

Here is a simple way to get started.

Excelchat Expert
23/04/2018 - 09:41

Create a key value by concat cells and use a lookup.

Excelchat Expert
23/04/2018 - 09:43

there are some other more complex ways to do this and maybe a macro or two, but in a basic chat session, I can only answer specific formula questions. Hard to give a complete solution without your actual sheet and some needs assessment.

Excelchat Expert
23/04/2018 - 09:44

I hope you understand.

User
23/04/2018 - 09:45

This is a great help. I have two more questions. The result cell, what if more there's, like for instance in this example, more than one car that match the criteria. And secondly, is there a way to make the answer in a downward row instead of horizontal?

Excelchat Expert
23/04/2018 - 09:47

Let me review

Excelchat Expert
23/04/2018 - 09:50

Yes, both are possible, but will take some time, since you now have multiple functions and needs and a bit more complex.

User
23/04/2018 - 09:51

Any recommendations where I can find these formulas?

Excelchat Expert
23/04/2018 - 09:51

I think what would be needed is your other idea of color coding

Excelchat Expert
23/04/2018 - 09:51

Use the concat functions "&" sign to create a key

Excelchat Expert
23/04/2018 - 09:52

on each row of your data

Excelchat Expert
23/04/2018 - 09:52

Then create a cell to hold the criteria to match the key, similar to what we have in this simple example

Excelchat Expert
23/04/2018 - 09:54

Then use CONDITIONAL FORMATTING- with a user defined formula. where key on each row matches the criteria. Choose your color.

Excelchat Expert
23/04/2018 - 09:54

This will identify all the possible matches in a column/row by color code.

Excelchat Expert
23/04/2018 - 09:56

Or you can add a column = FLAG. IF key = criteria ,then Y , else N. and sort desending, Y will be on top,

User
23/04/2018 - 09:57

Makes sense. I'll definitely give it a try. You have been a great help. Thank you so much!

Excelchat Expert
23/04/2018 - 09:57

Ok, thanks, agian hard to do a full solution here, but hopefully this gives you some ideas.

User
23/04/2018 - 09:58

Definitely. Thanks!

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