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How to find intersection of two column lists in Excel?

As below screenshot, how do you find the intersection of two lists in Excel? In other words, how to find duplicate values in two columns? This article provides two methods to help you achieving it.

Easily find intersection (same values) of two lists in Excel:

The Select Same & Defferent Cells utility of Kutools for Excel can help you to quickly find and select all intersections of two lists in Excel. See screenshot:

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Find intersection of two lists with formula

The below formula can help you find intersection of two lists in Excel. Please do as follows.

1. Select a blank column, copy formula =IF(ISERROR(MATCH(B2,$C$2:$C$9,0)),"",B2) into the Formula Bar and then press the Enter key. See screenshot:

Note: In the formula, B2 is the first cell of the first list, $C$2:$C$9 is the range of the second list. Please change them based on your need.

2. Now the first intersection is finding out, please select it and then drag the Fill Handle down to get all. See screenshot:

Find intersection of two lists with Kutools for Excel

If you don’t want to apply formula, here we recommend you the Select Same & Different Cells utility of Kutools for Excel to easily find all intersections of two lists in Excel.

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1. Click Kutools > Select > Select Same & Different Cells. See screenshot:

2. In the Select Same & Different Cells dialog box, you need to:

2.1 Select the first list and the second list without headers separately in the Find values in and the According to boxes;

2.2 Select the Each row option in the Based on section;

2.3 Choose Same values in the Find section;

2.4 Specify a background color or font color in the Processing of results section to highlight the intersections as you need;

2.5 Click the OK button. See screenshot:

3. Then a dialog box pops up to tell you how many cells have been selected, please click the OK button. And you can see all intersections are selected and highlight in the first list as below screenshot:

Tip.If you want to have a free trial of this utility, please go to download the software freely first, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.


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