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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?

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

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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)
'Updateby20150824
    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:

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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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If you have Kutools for Excel, this task will no longer be a problem. The Advanced Combine Rows utility may help you combine all relative values based on a column.

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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 > Content > Advanced Combine Rows, see screenshot:

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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:

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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:

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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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Click to know more details about this Advanced Combine Rows utility…

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    Js · 1 years ago
    VB command breaks when the range is longer than 154 rows (ie :B154)....
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    M Macklam · 1 years ago
    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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    A Ward · 2 years ago
    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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    K Ray · 2 years ago
    This works but slows down my excel majorly! Any tips to help speed?
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    Guest · 2 years ago
    Thanks for this post. Do you know how I would go about manipulating the two separate integers this is creating. For example, lets say that the '=SingleCellExtract' function now produces (1 , 2). Is there a way to have a cell next to it that does (1+.5 , 2+.5)?
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    GANGADHAR · 2 years ago
    WHile iam going to paste and save the module ,there is a pop-up message appears that significant loss of functionality compatibility checker