How to check if a cell value match to a list in Excel?

This article is talking about checking if a cell value match to or exist in a list in Excel. Please do as follows.

Check if a cell value match to a list with formula
Easily check if a cell value match to a list with Kutools for Excel


Check if a cell value match to a list with formula

You can use the following formula to check if a certain cell value match to a list or not in Excel.

1. Select a blank cell, enter formula =IF(ISNUMBER(MATCH(C2,A2:A7,0)),1,0) into the Formula Bar, and then press the Enter key. See screenshot:

Note: In the formula, C2 contains the given value you will check based on, and A2:A7 is the list range. You can change them as you need.

If there is matched value in the list based on the given value, you can see a number 1 populated in the selected cell, if not, a number 0 is displayed.


Check if a cell value match to a list with Kutools for Excel

Besides, the Select Specific Cells utility of Kutools for Excel can help you checking if a cell value match to a list in Excel.

Before applying Kutools for Excel, please download and install it firstly.

1. Select the list you need to check certain value inside, then click Kutools > Select > Select Specific Cells. See screenshot:

2. In the Select Specific Cells dialog box, select the Cell option in the Selection type section, and choose Equals from the Specific type drop-down list, enter the certain value into the next text box, and click the OK button.

If there has matched value in the specified list, you will get a dialog box as follows. Please click the OK button to close it.

If there has no matched value in the specified list, you will get the prompt box as below screenshot shown.

  If you want to have a free trial ( 30-day) of this utility, please click to download it, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.


Demo: Easily check if a cell value match to a list with Kutools for Excel


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    jomanaes · 2 years ago
    I want to do this but to check not for a single value but for a list of values, I want to check if a list of values(short) is contained in another list of values (large), there can be repeated values in the large list...
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      crystal · 2 years ago
      Good day,
      You can use this formula =MATCH(A2,$C$2:$C$12,0) in the Conditional Formatting feature to highlight the same values when found in another column. Thanks for your comment.