## How to return multiple lookup values in one comma separated cell?

In Excel, we can apply the VLOOKUP function to return the first matched value from a table cells, but, sometimes, we need to extract all matching values and then separated by a specific delimiter, such as comma, dash, etc… into a single cell as following screenshot shown. How could we get and return multiple lookup values in one comma separated cell in Excel?

Return multiple lookup values in one comma separated cell with User Defined Function

#### Return multiple lookup values in one comma separated cell with User Defined Function

Normally, there is no direct way for us to extract and return the multiple matching values and separated by comma into one cell, here, you can create a User Defined Function to solve this job, please do as follows:

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following code in the Module Window.

VBA code: Return multiple lookup values into one comma separated cell

``````Function SingleCellExtract(LookupValue As String, LookupRange As Range, ColumnNumber As Integer, Char As String)
'Updateby Extendoffice
Dim I As Long
Dim xRet As String
For I = 1 To LookupRange.Columns(1).Cells.Count
If LookupRange.Cells(I, 1) = LookupValue Then
If xRet = "" Then
xRet = LookupRange.Cells(I, ColumnNumber) & Char
Else
xRet = xRet & "" & LookupRange.Cells(I, ColumnNumber) & Char
End If
End If
Next
SingleCellExtract = Left(xRet, Len(xRet) - 1)
End Function
``````

3. Then save this code and close the Module window, go back to your worksheet, and enter this formula: =SingleCellExtract(D2,A2:B15,2,",") into a blank cell that you want to return the result. And then press Enter key to get the result, see screenshot:

Note: In the above formula:

D2: indicates the cell values that you want to look up;

A2: B15: is the data range that you want to fetch the data;

2: the number 2 is the column number that matching value is to be returned;

,: the comma is the separator that you want to separate the multiple values.

You can change them to your need.

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After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as follows:

1. Select the data range that you want to combine all matching values based on a column.

2. Click Kutools > Merge & Split > Advanced Combine Rows, see screenshot:

3. In the Combine Rows Based on Column dialog box, click the column name that you want to combine based on, and then click Primary Key button, see screenshot:

4. Then click other column name that you want to combine their matched values, and click Combine to choose one separator to separate the combined values, see screenshot:

5. Then click OK button, all the corresponding cells with the same value have been combined into one cell which are separated with the comma, see screenshots:

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Como faço para ajustar a função do "MultipleValues" para ignorar células vazias?

Pois no meu caso tenho algumas células em branco e quando faço o merge, fico com algumas vírgulas repetidas.

Ex.: (001,002,,,,003).

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Hello, Bruno,
To ignore the blank cells when combine, pleae apply the following code:
``````
Function SingleCellExtract(LookupValue As String, LookupRange As Range, ColumnNumber As Integer, Char As String) As String
Dim I As Long
Dim xRet As String
For I = 1 To LookupRange.Columns(1).Cells.Count
If LookupRange.Cells(I, 1) = LookupValue Then
' Check if the cell in the specified column is not empty before appending
If Not IsEmpty(LookupRange.Cells(I, ColumnNumber)) Then
If xRet = "" Then
xRet = LookupRange.Cells(I, ColumnNumber) & Char
Else
xRet = xRet & LookupRange.Cells(I, ColumnNumber) & Char
End If
End If
End If
Next
If Len(xRet) > 0 Then
SingleCellExtract = Left(xRet, Len(xRet) - 1)
Else
SingleCellExtract = ""
End If
End Function``````

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Hello skyyang,

Yes, it works!

Thank you!
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No soy programador pero necesito ayuda para que la función de abajo en lugar de devolverme esto

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me devuelva los valores en líneas diferentes.
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La función es:
Function SingleCellExtract(LookupValue As String, LookupRange As Range, ColumnNumber As Integer, Char As String)
'Updateby Extendoffice
Dim I As Long
Dim xRet As String
For I = 1 To LookupRange.Columns(1).Cells.Count
If LookupRange.Cells(I, 1) = LookupValue Then
If xRet = "" Then
xRet = LookupRange.Cells(I, ColumnNumber) & Char
Else
xRet = xRet & "" & LookupRange.Cells(I, ColumnNumber) & Char
End If
End If
Next
SingleCellExtract = Left(xRet, Len(xRet) - 1)
End Function
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Hello, Yery,
Did you mean to split a cell into multiple rows based on the semicolon character?
``````Sub SplitAll()
Dim xRg As Range
Dim xRg1 As Range
Dim xCell As Range
Dim I As Long
Dim xUpdate As Boolean
Dim xRet As Variant
On Error Resume Next
Set xRg = Application.InputBox("Please select a range", "Kutools for Excel", xAddress, , , , , 8)
Set xRg = Application.Intersect(xRg, xRg.Worksheet.UsedRange)
If xRg Is Nothing Then Exit Sub
If xRg.Columns.Count > 1 Then
MsgBox "You can't select multiple columns", , "Kutools for Excel"
Exit Sub
End If
Set xRg1 = Application.InputBox("Split to (single cell):", "Kutools for Excel", , , , , , 8)
Set xRg1 = xRg1.Range("A1")
If xRg1 Is Nothing Then Exit Sub
xUpdate = Application.ScreenUpdating
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
For Each xCell In xRg
xRet = Split(xCell.Value, ";")
xRg1.Worksheet.Range(xRg1.Offset(I, 0), xRg1.Offset(I + UBound(xRet, 1), 0)) = Application.WorksheetFunction.Transpose(xRet)
I = I + UBound(xRet, 1) + 1
Next
Application.ScreenUpdating = xUpdate
End Sub
``````

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Hi,

I want exact validation code for multiple values separated by comma and space for each value.

Example:
Lucy, Tom, Nicol, Akash, Apple

Please replay if you have any suggestions.
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Hello， Manikanta
To separate the multiple values by a comma and space, you just need to add a space behind the comma, change the formula as this: =SingleCellExtract(D2,A2:B15,2,", ").
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Hi Skyyang,

I tried already same way but in the cell value last one extra comma (,) coming below is the example.

Lucy, Tom, Nicol, Akash, Apple,

This will not work for Json file, so I want values separated by comma and space like below.

Lucy, Tom, Nicol, Akash, Apple

Thank you!
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Hello, Manikanta
In this case, you can apply the below User Defined Function:

``````Function MultipleValues(work_range As Range, criteria As Variant, merge_range As Range, Optional Separator As String = ",") As Variant
Dim outcome As String
On Error Resume Next
If work_range.Count <> merge_range.Count Then
MultipleValues = CVErr(xlErrRef)
Exit Function
End If
For i = 1 To work_range.Count
If work_range.Cells(i).Value = criteria Then
outcome = outcome & Separator & merge_range.Cells(i).Value
End If
Next i
If outcome <> "" Then
outcome = VBA.Mid(outcome, VBA.Len(Separator) + 1)
End If
MultipleValues = outcome
Exit Function
End Function
``````

After pasting the code, please use this formula: =MultipleValues(\$A\$2:\$A\$15,D2,\$B\$2:\$B\$15,", ")

If you still have any other problem, please comment here.
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Hi Skyyang,

This is working now, Thank you for your quick response.

It's very use full to me once again Thank you for your help.

Regards,
Manikanta.
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Good Morning,

the VBA code worked perfectly with my worksheet, pretty clear and simple, however, I was trying to find a way to tell excel to only return the unique values. Would that be possible using this same code?
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When 2 Criteria Match then Return Multiple Lookup Values In One Comma Separated Cell
A2=B2 Then Result From Range by "SingleCellExtract" - Please.......
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Error pops up if increase the array size
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VB command breaks when the range is longer than 154 rows (ie :B154)....
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thank you, firstly i managed to get this to work without the slow down in performance. I'm using values rather that text so my question is i want to bring back all those with less than say 19 points in a list. Can the single cell Extract work for that or does it have to be a specific value?
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This simply does not work. I was unable to get it to work in my own application, so I copy/pasted the vba and the formula and it returned an error every time
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This works but slows down my excel majorly! Any tips to help speed?
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