How to get first match that cell contains one of several values in a range
This post explains that how to get the first match that cell contains one of several values from another range or a list in excel. before we talked the way that how to check a cell to see that if it contains one of several values in a range or list using the SEARCH function with ISNUMBER function. So now we still need to get the first match that found in the range or list.
Get First Match that Cell Contains one of several values
Assuming that you have a list of text strings in the range B1:B3 and you want to check each text string if it contains one of several values from the range E1:E3. If it contains any of text string in range E1:E3, then it should return the first match value found in the range E1:E3, otherwise, it should return the #N/A error. you can use a combination of the INDEX function, the MATCH function, the ISNUMBER function and the SEARCH function to create a new excel array formula as follows:
=INDEX($E$1:$E$3, MATCH(TRUE, ISNUMBER( SEARCH($E$1:$E$3,B1)),0))
Let’s see how this formula works:
=SEARCH($E$1:$E$3,B1)
The SEACH function returns position of the first character of find_text in a text string. And this formula will search each value in the range E1:E3 inside within_text in Cell B1, if it found the match, then returns position of each text string in Cell B1, otherwise, it will return the #VALUE! Error. So it will return an array result like this:
{1;7;12}
The returned result goes into the ISNUMBER function as its argument.
=ISNUMBER(SEARCH($E$1:$E$3,B1))
The ISNUMBER function will check if a cell contains a numeric value, and this formula will check each items of array result returned by the SEACH function, if the item is a numeric value, then return TRUE, otherwise, returns FALSE. So it will return another array result like this:
{TRUE;TRUE;TRUE}
=MATCH(TRUE, ISNUMBER( SEARCH($E$1:$E$3,B1)),0)
The MATCH function will search the first value that is exactly equal to the lookup_value “TRUE”, then return the position of the first match. So this formula returns 1. It goes into the INDEX function as its row_num argument.
=INDEX($E$1:$E$3, MATCH(TRUE, ISNUMBER( SEARCH($E$1:$E$3,B1)),0))
The index function will extract a value from the range E1:E3 based on the position number returned by the MATCH function. So it should be returned the first match value as “excel”.
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