Apologies if this has been asked before.

Suppose we have 2 columns of data, without loss of generality A and B. I would like to be able to produce a column C which contains entries that appear in columns A and B - in other words the entries of C are found in a cell An in column A and a cell Bm in column B where obviously m,n are integers.

If it helps, entries don't repeat in a column.

Simple example: Where A contains the entries 3, 7, 1, 4, 5 and B contains the entries 9, 1, 4, 5, 2 then C should contain 1, 4, 5 (order of entries in column C doesn't matter for my purpose)

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Here is a solution with a "helper" column that avoids array formulas.

In C1 enter:


In C2 enter:


and copy down. (column C "marks" the "good" rows.)

Finally in D1 enter:


and copy down:

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and if you do not mind array formulas, see Chip Pearson's Write-up

  • Do you mean 'in C3' .. 'in C4' as your illustration shows (instead of 'in C1' and 'in C2' as you have written?) – potat0 Jun 2 '16 at 18:24
  • @potat0 NO...............use C1 and C2..............they will show as blank, but that's O.K. – Gary's Student Jun 2 '16 at 18:32

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