# How to Extract multiple match Values into different Columns or Rows

This post explains that how to extract multiple match values from a range, then put the values into the different columns in excel. And how to extract multiple matches into the different rows.

In the previous post, we talked that how to get the position of the nth occurrence of a value in a column, and this pose will refer to it to extract all matched values firstly, then put all returned values into the different columns.

## 1. Extract multiple match values into separate columns

If you want to fetch all matches from a range then put it into cells in different columns, you can use a combination with the INDEX function, the SMALL function, the IF function,  the ROW function and the COLUMNS function to create a new excel formula.

For example, if you want to get all member names belong to “excel” team in the range B3:D7, then separate it into the different columns, such as: E2, F2…you can use the following formula:

``=IFERROR(INDEX(\$D\$3:\$D\$7,SMALL(IF(\$C\$3:\$C\$7="excel",ROW(\$C\$3:\$C\$7)-ROW(INDEX(\$C\$3:\$C\$7,1,1))+1),COLUMNS(\$E\$2:E2))),"")``

Let’s see how the above formula works:

= ROW(\$C\$3:\$C\$7)-ROW(INDEX(\$C\$3:\$C\$7,1,1))+1

The ROW function returns the relative position of all rows in the range C3:C7.  The returned result is another array.

= IF(\$C\$3:\$C\$7=”excel”,ROW(\$C\$3:\$C\$7)-ROW(INDEX(\$C\$3:\$C\$7,1,1))+1)

The IF function will check if each value in range C3:C7 is equal to “excel”, if TRUE, returns its relative position, otherwise, returns FALSE. As this formula is an array formula, so it must be returned an array result.

=COLUMNS(\$E\$2:E2)

The COLUMNS function returns a numeric values, it will be used by the SMALL function as its nth argument to indicate the position of the number that you want to return.

=SMALL(IF(\$C\$3:\$C\$7=”excel”,ROW(\$C\$3:\$C\$7)-ROW(INDEX(\$C\$3:\$C\$7,1,1))+1),COLUMNS(\$E\$2:E2))

The SMALL function returns the position of the nth smallest values from the numbers in an array result returned by the above IF function. The nth argument is specified by the result returned by the COLUMNS function.

=INDEX(\$D\$3:\$D\$7,SMALL(IF(\$C\$3:\$C\$7=”excel”,ROW(\$C\$3:\$C\$7)-ROW(INDEX(\$C\$3:\$C\$7,1,1))+1),COLUMNS(\$E\$2:E2)))

The INDEX function returns a value at a position returned by the above SMALL function in the range D3:D7, so it should be the first matches of the member name that belong to the excel team in the range B3:D7.

And if you want to get the second matches into Cell F2, you just need to drag the fill hander in the Cell E2 to F2, then the second matches of the member name will be fetched in the Cell F2.

=IFERROR()

The IFERROR function will check if the result returned by the SMALL function is a #NUM error, then returns an empty string.

## 2. Extract multiple match values into separate rows

If you want to extract multiple matches into the separate rows in excel, just need to use ROWS instead of the COLUMNS function in the above formula as follows:

``=IFERROR(INDEX(\$D\$3:\$D\$7,SMALL(IF(\$C\$3:\$C\$7="excel",ROW(\$C\$3:\$C\$7)-ROW(INDEX(\$C\$3:\$C\$7,1,1))+1), ROWS(\$E\$2:E2))),"")``

If you want to extract the second matches, then put the result into the cell E3, you just need to drag the Fill Handler in Cell E2 to E3. The second matches of the member name should be fetched in the Cell E3.

## 3. Extract multiple match Values into different Rows Using User-Defined Function

Let’s delve into how to incorporate this User-Defined Function into your Excel workflow.

Step1: Press Alt + F11 to open the Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) editor.

Step2: Insert a new module and paste the provided VBA code. In the VBA editor, right-click on any item in the project explorer on the left. Choose “Insert” and then “Module” to add a new module.

Step3: Copy the provided VBA code. Paste the code into the code window of the newly created module.

``````Function ExtractMatches(searchValue As Variant, criteriaRange As Range, dataRange As Range) As Variant
Dim resultArr() As Variant
Dim i As Long
Dim matchCount As Long
Dim cell As Range

' Initialize matchCount
matchCount = 0

' Loop through each cell in the data range
For Each cell In dataRange
' Check if the cell meets the specified condition
If criteriaRange.Cells(cell.Row - criteriaRange.Rows(1).Row + 1, 1).Value = searchValue Then
' If yes, add the value to the result array
ReDim Preserve resultArr(1 To matchCount + 1)
resultArr(matchCount + 1) = cell.Value
matchCount = matchCount + 1
End If
Next cell

' Output the result array if matches are found
If matchCount > 0 Then
ExtractMatches = resultArr
Else
' If no matches found, return an error
ExtractMatches = CVErr(xlErrValue)
End If
End Function
``````

Step4: Close the VBA editor by clicking the “X” button or pressing Alt + Q.

Step5: Go back to your Excel workbook. In any cell, type the following formula to use the newly created function:

``=ExtractMatches("excel",C2:C6,D2:D6)``

Replace “excel” with your search criteria, C2:C6 with the criteria range, and D2:D6 with the data range.

Step5: Press Enter, and the result should be an array of matching values.

Now, you’ve successfully added and executed the VBA code to create a custom function for extracting matching values based on a specified criteria.

## 4. Video: Extract multiple match Values into different Columns or Rows

This Excel video tutorial, we unravel two powerful methods for extracting multiple matching values into different columns or rows. Let’s dive into the first method utilizing a complex formula, followed by a more streamlined approach using a User-Defined Function with VBA.

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