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How to Check if a Range Contains One of Many Substrings

We can check if a range of cells contains one of many substrings with the SUMPRODUCT and COUNTIF functions. This article will walk through the process.

Figure 1: How to Check if a Range of Cells Contains One of Many Substrings

Formula

`=SUMPRODUCT(COUNTIF(A4:A9,{"*Rome*";"*Giant*";"*Five*"}))>0`

Setting up the Data

• We will input the data into the table as shown in figure 2
• We will check the range (A4:A9) if they contain any of the substrings in B4:B6

Figure 2: Data to Check if a Range of Cells Contains One of Many Substrings

Check if a Range of Cells Contains One of Many Substrings

• We will click on Cell C4
• We will input the formula below into the cell

`=SUMPRODUCT(COUNTIF(A4:A9,{"*Rome*";"*Giant*";"*Five*"}))>0`

• We will press the enter key to get the result

Figure 3: Result for the Range of Cells Showing that it Contains Rome and Giant

Explanation

The COUNTIF function counts the contents of the substrings that appear within the chosen RANGE (A4:A9). Because the COUNTIF function is laden with multiple values to search for, every count for a value is received in the form of 0 and 1.

The SUMPRODUCT function returns as TRUE any value that is greater than ZERO.

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