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I'm trying to make a formula for if a number in a particular cell (f2 for example) is present anywhere in column D, I want to pull back a true or false. I need to recreate this for every cell in column F to match up all existing numbers

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Excelchat Expert
19/06/2018 - 09:15

Hi…Welcome to Got It Pro

Excelchat Expert
19/06/2018 - 09:16

Can you do an illustration of the data and likely result that you want?

User
19/06/2018 - 09:16

sure

Excelchat Expert
19/06/2018 - 09:16

Thanks...that will be of great help.

User
19/06/2018 - 09:17

I want to take cell b1 and use a formula to search all of column A to see if the value exists and pull back a true or false

Excelchat Expert
19/06/2018 - 09:18

ok..we can do a lookup formula.

Excelchat Expert
19/06/2018 - 09:18

Let me create the formula in column C

Excelchat Expert
19/06/2018 - 09:20

So the formula is ready in C1 and down

Excelchat Expert
19/06/2018 - 09:21

Now..there is no data matching, if it finds a match, then it will return True

Excelchat Expert
19/06/2018 - 09:21

You can test it by pasting any of column B value in A

User
19/06/2018 - 09:21

it worked perfectly! Is there any chance you mind explaining how the formula works? I've had trouble with this since I have to do this every month with company data, and I've always barely scraped by with some shoddy formulas

Excelchat Expert
19/06/2018 - 09:21

Sure..I will be glad to explain

Excelchat Expert
19/06/2018 - 09:22

This is a Match function.

Excelchat Expert
19/06/2018 - 09:23

match(B1,A:A,0) ---- Match B1 in column A and 0 stands for exact match

Excelchat Expert
19/06/2018 - 09:23

Syntax is Match(Lookupvalue, lookup array, match type)

Excelchat Expert
19/06/2018 - 09:24

This will return the row number if a match is found.

Excelchat Expert
19/06/2018 - 09:24

Let me copy B1 value in A5 as an example

Excelchat Expert
19/06/2018 - 09:25

Now the match function will return value as 5 as the B1 value exist in row 5

Excelchat Expert
19/06/2018 - 09:26

isnumber( before Match is checking if indeed the match function has return a numeric value which means the value exist in column A.

Excelchat Expert
19/06/2018 - 09:27

if( before Isnumber is an If statement which test whether match function return a numeric value, if so, result should say "Yes", otherwise say "No"

Excelchat Expert
19/06/2018 - 09:28

Finally, Iferror at the beginning and ,"False") at the end is an error handling function.

Excelchat Expert
19/06/2018 - 09:28

If there are no match found, the formula will result in error, so its capturing and saying False if no match found.

Excelchat Expert
19/06/2018 - 09:28

And that's it...Does this explanation help?

User
19/06/2018 - 09:29

Very much so, I appreciate the meticulous detail because these formulas are so confusing at first glance

User
19/06/2018 - 09:29

I appreciate the help! This will shave hours off of my work every month

Excelchat Expert
19/06/2018 - 09:29

Yes...this are considered advanced lookup formulas :)

Excelchat Expert
19/06/2018 - 09:29

Anything else I may assist with?

User
19/06/2018 - 09:29

Nope, you solved it all, thank you so much

Excelchat Expert
19/06/2018 - 09:30

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User
19/06/2018 - 09:30

of course, should I hit end session?

Excelchat Expert
19/06/2018 - 09:30

Thanks for your time. Please do come back for any new question. Have a great evening!

Excelchat Expert
19/06/2018 - 09:30

Yes, you can end the session now. Thanks!

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