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if your value is in column A & B starting from Row 2 then try this formula by writing in B2

=MATCH("*"&LEFT(A2,5)&"*",B2:B29,0) now drag it down ...

It will pick first 5 char from cell A2 then compare to column B and if found in column B anywhere then will return its number which you can be placed with if condition ......

=MATCH("*"&LEFT(A2,5)&"*",B2:B29,0) now drag it down ...

It will pick first 5 char from cell A2 then compare to column B and if found in column B anywhere then will return its number which you can be placed with if condition ......

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Now, I've realized, on some occasions, on either list, the middle initial is included. Of course, these matches are overlooked by the exact match formula. So, I am making a partial match formula, but it won't quite work, yet. Here's what I'm trying.

=IF(ISNUMBER(SEARCH(B2,$A$2:$A$2651)),"PARTIAL MATCH","")

Any solutions would be much appreciated.

Mike,

I'm trying to do something similar.....match Legal company names with company names used by the GL; Often one will say "Corp." and the other will say "Corporation," so my v-lookup comes back #N/A. When you used the match formula, a number is returned.....what does that number represent? I've tried to use the match formula suggested, and it returns a number, but I have no idea what the number represents!

Thanks,

Stacey

I'm trying to do something similar.....match Legal company names with company names used by the GL; Often one will say "Corp." and the other will say "Corporation," so my v-lookup comes back #N/A. When you used the match formula, a number is returned.....what does that number represent? I've tried to use the match formula suggested, and it returns a number, but I have no idea what the number represents!

Thanks,

Stacey

The number represents the cell the value is in, if the value is #n/a then it means that it has not been located in the list

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Misty- Sep 7, 2010 at 05:44 PMASHOK CHOURE- Apr 19, 2011 at 09:45 AMgood

thanks