How to find common values in 3 columns in Excel?

In general case, you may need to find and select the same values between two columns in Excel, but, have you ever tried to find the common values among three columns which means the values exist in 3 columns at the same time as following screenshot shown. This article, I will introduce some methods to finish this task in Excel.

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Find common values in 3 columns with array formulas


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To find and extract the common values from 3 columns, the following array formula may help you, please do as this:

Enter this array formula into a blank cell where you want to extract the same values from 3 columns:

=LOOKUP("zzz",CHOOSE({1,2},"",INDEX(A$2:A$10,MATCH(0,COUNTIF(E$1:E1,A$2:A$10)+IF(IF(COUNTIF(B$2:B$8,A$2:A$10)>0,1,0)+IF(COUNTIF(C$2:C$9,A$2:A$10)>0,1,0)=2,0,1),0)))), and then press Shift + Ctrl + Enter keys together to get the first common value, then drag this formula down until blanks are displayed, all of the same values in 3 columns are extracted as below screenshot shown:

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Notes:

1. Here is another array formula also can finish this job:

=INDEX($A$2:$A$10, MATCH(0, COUNTIF($E$1:E1, $A$2:$A$10)+IF(IF(COUNTIF($B$2:$B$8, $A$2:$A$10)>0, 1, 0)+IF(COUNTIF($C$2:$C$9, $A$2:$A$10)>0, 1, 0)=2, 0, 1), 0)), please remember to press Shift + Ctrl + Enter keys simultaneously.

2. In the above formulas: A2:A10, B2:B8, C2:C9 are the cells in three columns that you want to compare; E1 is the above cell that your formula is located, you can change them to your need.


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    Michelle · 3 months ago
    HI, I am coping and pasting the above formula and i can't get it to work. I have many blank cells appearing but no common data showing. Please what am I doing wrong? I keep the "zzz" in the lookup formula is that correct?

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    abdul · 8 months ago
    hi any body can help me ?how to find common values if i have 10 column or above please solve that formula or mail my address abrkayani@gmail.com
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    Mansimar · 2 years ago
    Hello. I tried using this formula and it works perfectly but there is one slight problem. It takes a lot of time for the calculation. It is taking around 20 seconds everytime I change some entries in the columns. Can you help regarding it?
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    Sarah N · 2 years ago
    I have tried the formula and it seems it works. Could I apply the same to find a macth between 5 columns?
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    KHADIZAH · 2 years ago
    I HAD TRIED THE FORMULA, BUT DO NOT GET THE RESULT. WHY??
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      Richard R · 9 months ago
      Same here. I get "#N/A" instead of any results. I even recreated the spreadsheet shown in the example and got the same results.
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        skyyang · 9 months ago
        Hello, Richard,
        The formula works well in my workbook, could you give a screesnhot here to show your problem?
        You can take a screenshot and click Upload files icon to insert your screenshot here.
        Thank you!