# Excel - IF Function Problem - Expert Solution

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Hi there, I'm trying to see if cells match in two separate columns (but the same row). I found a formula but it didn't work - the information I'm trying to match is both a date and a time within the same cell. I wasn't sure if that was what was causing the issue.
Solved by C. A. in 20 mins
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Excelchat Expert 04/06/2018 - 06:20
Hi…Welcome to Got It Pro
User 04/06/2018 - 06:21
thanks
Excelchat Expert 04/06/2018 - 06:21
User 04/06/2018 - 06:21
I don't have it with me at the moment, I'm on a different computer
Excelchat Expert 04/06/2018 - 06:22
I can do the formula if you an recreate a similar data set in this blank sheet
User 04/06/2018 - 06:22
ok
User 04/06/2018 - 06:23
Excelchat Expert 04/06/2018 - 06:23
Do you mean the blank google sheet ?
User 04/06/2018 - 06:23
yes
Excelchat Expert 04/06/2018 - 06:24
That usually happens if you are on a slow internet connectivity
Excelchat Expert 04/06/2018 - 06:25
Are you not able to see the google sheet at all now?
User 04/06/2018 - 06:25
I can see it, but I can't edit it
Excelchat Expert 04/06/2018 - 06:26
ok so you can tell me how exactly is your data and I will place it here
User 04/06/2018 - 06:27
in column b and d, there are dates and times so for example 24/01/2017 09.15
User 04/06/2018 - 06:27
I want to be able to match them, so if it's the same date and time in column b and d (in the same row)
User 04/06/2018 - 06:29
I tried this
User 04/06/2018 - 06:29
v
User 04/06/2018 - 06:29
=IF(A2=B2,"Match","")
User 04/06/2018 - 06:29
but it said none of them matched, when some of them did
User 04/06/2018 - 06:29
This is a spreadsheet with more than 12000 rows
Excelchat Expert 04/06/2018 - 06:31
So as you can see, I have placed Date in column B and time in column D. And the date and time to match in cell F2.
Excelchat Expert 04/06/2018 - 06:31
Is this layout similar to what you have?
Excelchat Expert 04/06/2018 - 06:34
Are you with me?
Excelchat Expert 04/06/2018 - 06:36
Column B & C has date & time respectively.
Excelchat Expert 04/06/2018 - 06:36
I have combined both in column D just by using the sum formula.
Excelchat Expert 04/06/2018 - 06:37
You can drag this formula down to as many rows you want
Excelchat Expert 04/06/2018 - 06:38
And then the actually matching formula is in column G (cell G2 for this example) where it is checking the entire column D to see if the date and time in F2 is matching. This formula also can be dragged down if you are checking multiple date and time.

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