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How to check if cell contains one of several values in Excel?

Supposing, you have a list of text strings in column A, now, you want to test each cell if it contains one of several values based on another range D2:D7. If it contains any of the specific text in D2:D7, it will display True, otherwise, it will show False as following screenshot shown. This article, I will talk about how to identify a cell if it contains one of several values in another range.


Check if a cell contains one of several values from a list with formulas

To check if a cell content contains any one of the text values in another range, the following formulas may help you, please do as this:

Enter the below formula into a blank cell where you want to locate the result, B2, for instance, then drag the fill handle down to the cells that you want to apply this formula, and if the cell has any of the text values in another specific range, it will get True, otherwise, it will get False. See screenshot:

=SUMPRODUCT(--ISNUMBER(SEARCH($D$2:$D$7,A2)))>0

Tips:

1. If you would like use “Yes” or “No’ to indicate the result, please apply the following formula, and you will get the following result as you need, see screenshot:

=IF(SUMPRODUCT(--ISNUMBER(SEARCH($D$2:$D$6,A2))),"Yes","No")

2. In the above formulas, D2:D7 is the specific data range which you want to check the cell based on, and A2 is the cell that you want to check.


Display the matches if cell contains one of several values from a list with formulas

Sotimes, you may want to check if a cell contains a value in the list and then returns that value, if multiple values match then all matching values in the list are displayed as below screenshot shown.How could you solve this task in Excel?

To display all matching vaues if the cell contains one of the specific text, please apply the below formula:

=TEXTJOIN(", ", TRUE, IF(COUNTIF(A2, "*"&$D$2:$D$7&"*"), $D$2:$D$7, ""))

Note: In the above formula, D2:D7 is the specific data range which you want to check the cell based on, and A2 is the cell that you want to check.

Then, press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together to get the first result, and then drag the fill handle down to the cells that you want to apply this formula, see screenshot:

Tips:

The above TEXTJOIN function only available for Excel 2019 and Office 365, if you have earlier Excel versions, you should apply the below formula:

=IFERROR(INDEX($D$2:$D$7, SMALL(IF(COUNTIF($A2, "*"&$D$2:$D$7&"*"), MATCH(ROW($D$2:$D$7), ROW($D$2:$D$7)), ""), COLUMNS($F$1:F1))), "")

Note: In the above formula, D2:D7 is the specific data range which you want to check the cell based on, and A2 is the cell that you want to check.

Then, press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together to get the first result, and then drag the formula cell to right side until blank cell is displayed, and then go on dragging the fill handle down to other cells, and all matching values have been displayed as below screenshot shown:


Highlight the matches if cell contains one of several values from a list with a handy feature

If you want to highlight a specific font color for the matching values if cell contains one of several values from another list, this section, I will introduce an easy feature, Mark Keyword of Kutools for Excel, with this utility, you can highlight the specific one or more keywords at once within the cells.

Note:To apply these Mark Keyword features, firstly, you should download the Kutools for Excel, and then apply the features quickly and easily.

After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as follows:

1. Click Kutools > Text > Mark Keyword, see screenshot:

2. In the Mark Keyword dialog box, please do the following operations:

  • Select the data range that you want to highlight the matching texts from the Range textbox;
  • Select the cells contains the keywords that you want to highlight based on, you can also enter the keywords manually (separate by comma) into the Keyword text box
  • At last, you should specify a font color for highlighting the texts by check Mark keyword colors option. 

3. Then, click Ok button, all matching texts have been highlighted as below screenshot shown:


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    Rajeev · 1 months ago
    Multiple search value in a single cell, and return as a Common Value
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    Jerry · 4 months ago
    Is it possible to do this with a partial match of the keywords? This method is only an exact match
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    Margo · 10 months ago
    Hi - What if I needed to Search the Row for the keywords instead of just the cell i.e. A2 - P2 instead of just A2 in this formula? =IF(SUMPRODUCT(--ISNUMBER(SEARCH($D$2:$D$6,A2))),"Yes","No")
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      skyyang · 10 months ago
      Hello, Margo,
      To apply this formula to a row data, you just need to replace the single cell reference with the row reference as below:
      =IF(SUMPRODUCT(--ISNUMBER(SEARCH($R$2:$R$6,A2:P2))),"Yes","No")
      Please try, hope it can help you!
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    Scott · 1 years ago
    This has been very helpful, but I am just missing the final piece.
    How to I expand IF(SUMPRODUCT(--ISNUMBER(SEARCH($D$2:$D$6,A2))),"Yes","No") to also check against the case sensitivity of the values in the list?
    Thanks in advance
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      skyyang · 1 years ago
      Hello, Scott,
      To check the values with case sensitivity, please apply the below formula:
      =IF(SUMPRODUCT(--ISNUMBER(FIND($D$2:$D$6,A2))),"Yes","No")

      Please try it, thank you!
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    Manish Sharp · 1 years ago
    Perfect!! Complex demand matched by combination of few well know formulas
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    Tony · 1 years ago
    exactly what I was looking for! works perfectly
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    Dd · 1 years ago
    Formula is incorrect. It is showing "true" for any value
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      skyyang · 1 years ago
      Hi, Dd,
      The formula works well in my Excel worksheet, can you give your problem sheet as screenshot here?
      Thank you!
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    m.tahreem.alam@gmail.com · 1 years ago
    Please check
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    m.tahreem.alam@gmail.com · 1 years ago
    Hey,
    I tried this formula, but it is showing TRUE for everything?
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    Nils · 1 years ago
    Would it be possible to change the result of this formula from just being 'TRUE' , 'FALSE', 'Yes', or 'No', into the value of the specific text?


    Thank you
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      skyyang · 1 years ago
      Hi, Nils,
      If you want to use other text to instead the "Yes" or "No", you just need to replace the "Yes", "No" with other texts, please try the below formula:
      =IF(SUMPRODUCT(--ISNUMBER(SEARCH($D$2:$D$6,A2))),"your specific text1","your specific text2")

      Please try it, hope it can help you!
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        Alex · 1 years ago
        Jane asked below "Same question; Can we return the text that was matched rather than yes/no?" - also interested in the answer
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          Lorraine · 1 years ago
          =IF(SUMPRODUCT(--ISNUMBER(SEARCH($D$2:$D$6,A2))),"Yes,"No")
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    Jane · 1 years ago
    Same question; Can we return the text that was matched rather than yes/no?
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    Emily · 1 years ago
    Any way to return the text that matches in the cell rather than a yes or no?
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    · 2 years ago
    YES, NO 가아닌 메칭되는 값(KTE,remove) 들어있는 값이 보이게 넣을수는 없나요?

    중복되는 값 배열일 경우 배열로 B열 C열......... 기재는 가능한가요
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    carla · 2 years ago
    used =SUMPRODUCT(--ISNUMBER(SEARCH(list,A2))) along with conditional formatting to help compare the values of one column with another. works great with excel 2007. been racking my brain for days.
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    shl · 2 years ago
    유용한 자료 감사합니다!
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    Reece · 2 years ago
    Thanks heaps, this worked.
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    goldwater · 2 years ago
    감사합니다 정말 진심으로 감사드립니다
    한달여간을 네이버에서만 찾다가 구글을 통해 찾으니 이렇게 바로 정확한 정보가 뜨네요 정말 감사드립니다 !
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    sammy · 2 years ago
    hi
    see attached file, im trying to find out if any of the ingredients from column D exists in column A and display whatever ingredient thats found in column B, is this possible?
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      sammy · 2 years ago
      first attachment didnt upload, see below attachment
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    alexezorsky@gmail.com · 3 years ago
    How would I make this work if there were blank cells in the D column?
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    thachho18@hotmail.com · 3 years ago
    Very useful fomula.
    Can we grab that value found from the search? (i.e. I want to check if the address field containing the 4 digit post code within the range, if yes then show value of the 4 digits post code.)
    David
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      skyyang · 3 years ago
      Hi, David,
      My be this array formula can help you:
      =IF(SUMPRODUCT(IF(ISNUMBER(SEARCH($D$2:$D$4,A2)),ROW($D$2:$D$4)-ROW($D$2)+1,0))>0,INDEX($D$2:$D$4,SUMPRODUCT(IF(ISNUMBER(SEARCH($D$2:$D$4,A2)),ROW($D$2:$D$4)-ROW($D$2)+1,0))))
      After pasting the formula, please press Shift + Ctrl + Enter keys together.
      This formula is somewhat complex, please change the cell references to your need.
      Please try it, hope it can help you!
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        Bruno Pace · 1 years ago
        skyyang,

        I don't know if you ever gonna read this, but thank you so much!

        You are a Genius!!!
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        Yogesh · 2 years ago
        Can the list in Column D be of 15000 words and still the formula remains same as mentioned above? I am getting expected results with just few values but the moment list jumps to thousands, it all shows #REF.
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        Tina M Morris · 2 years ago
        Myself and another gal have been trying to figure this one out for 2 days for a data problem we have to resolve. Thank you for this expression. It is exactly what we needed.
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        sammy · 2 years ago
        i have a list of ingredients in column A, each cell has the whole ingredients of a product so its not just one word, in column D i have a the list of ingredients im trying to find within column A, how do i that? this formula doesnt seem to work 100% for this
        thanks
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        sam · 2 years ago
        does this formula work when there is a couple of words in the lookup cells and couple of words in the search in cells? basically i have lists of ingredients and want to locate some specific ingredient from within those list and the specific ingredient might be more than one word
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        alexezorsky@gmail.com · 3 years ago
        This is amazing! One big issue for me however: What if there are blank cells in my "search for" D2:D4 list. For me it ruins the formula and I just get "NUM" in a few places. THANKS!
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        thachho18@hotmail.com · 3 years ago
        Amazing, it works exactly the way that I needed. Thank you Champs.
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          skyyang · 3 years ago
          Glad to help you!
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            geenie · 3 years ago
            hi, would you please explain how you got that function above? I'm trying to do the same thing but cannot seem to change the cell references correctly.
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              Jon · 3 years ago
              Yes please, I need this too. I can't see why $D$2 is locked?
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    Dev · 4 years ago
    What if the "specific text" column contains phrases?
    For example
    "remove duplicate"
    "convert text"
    "find across"

    how to check then?
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      Taru · 1 years ago
      Instead of True or False I want to print the name of the found text, how can I do that?
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        Majid · 10 months ago
        check the formula given by skyyang... That works well