Liam asks:

Hello Oscar,

What code is needed to cause cells in Columns F - I to fill with the contents of Columns C - E when a cell in Column B includes a numeric value?

**Answer:**

The data set above contains random characters, some of the cells in column B contains numeric values, as well.

**Array formula in cell F2:**

=INDEX($B$2:$E$6, SMALL(IF(MMULT(IFERROR(SEARCH({1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0}, $B$2:$B$6), 0), ROW($A$1:$A$10)), MATCH(ROW($B$2:$B$6), ROW($B$2:$B$6)), ""), ROWS($A$1:A1)), COLUMNS($A$1:A1))

**How to enter an array formula**

- Copy formula above
- Doubleclick on cell F2
- Paste formula
- Press and hold CTRL + SHIFT
- Press Enter

If you did this correctly, the formula in the formula bar now begins with a curly bracket and ends with a curly bracket, like this: {=formula}

Don't enter these curly brackets yourself, they will appear if you did the above steps.

Copy cell F2 and paste to cell range F2:I6.

### Explaining array formula in cell F2

**Step 1 - Look for values in a cell range**

SEARCH({1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0}, $B$2:$B$6)

becomes

SEARCH({1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0}, {"ab12"; "abc"; "def"; "a21b"; "cde"})

and returns this array:

{3, 4, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!; #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!; #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!; 3, 2, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!; #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!}

**Step 2 - Remove errors**

IFERROR(SEARCH({1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0}, $B$2:$B$6), 0)

becomes

IFERROR({3, 4, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!; #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!; #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!; 3, 2, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!; #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!, #VALUE!}, 0)

and returns

{3, 4, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0; 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0; 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0; 3, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0; 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0}

**Step 3 - Return the matrix product of two arrays**

MMULT(IFERROR(SEARCH({1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0}, $B$2:$B$6), 0), ROW($A$1:$A$10))

becomes

MMULT({3, 4, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0; 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0; 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0; 3, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0; 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0}, ROW($A$1:$A$10))

becomes

MMULT({3, 4, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0; 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0; 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0; 3, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0; 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0}, {1;2;3;4;5;6;7;8;9;10})

and returns

{11;0;0;7;0}

**Step 4 - Check whether a condition is met**

IF(MMULT(IFERROR(SEARCH({1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0}, $B$2:$B$6), 0), ROW($A$1:$A$10)), MATCH(ROW($B$2:$B$6), ROW($B$2:$B$6)), "")

becomes

IF({11;0;0;7;0}, MATCH(ROW($B$2:$B$6), ROW($B$2:$B$6)), "")

becomes

IF({11;0;0;7;0}, {1;2;3;4;5}, "")

and returns {1;"";"";4;""}

**Step 5 - Return the k-th smallest value in array**

SMALL(IF(MMULT(IFERROR(SEARCH({1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0}, $B$2:$B$6), 0), ROW($A$1:$A$10)), MATCH(ROW($B$2:$B$6), ROW($B$2:$B$6)), ""), ROWS($A$1:A1))

becomes

SMALL({1;"";"";4;""}, ROWS($A$1:A1))

becomes

SMALL({1;"";"";4;""}, 1)

and returns 1.

**Step 6 - Return a value of the cell at the intersection of a particular row and column**

=INDEX($B$2:$E$6, SMALL(IF(MMULT(IFERROR(SEARCH({1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0}, $B$2:$B$6), 0), ROW($A$1:$A$10)), MATCH(ROW($B$2:$B$6), ROW($B$2:$B$6)), ""), ROWS($A$1:A1)), COLUMNS($A$1:A1))

becomes

=INDEX($B$2:$E$6, 1, COLUMNS($A$1:A1))

becomes

=INDEX($B$2:$E$6, 1, 1)

becomes

=INDEX({"ab12", "PEN", "YPT", "KVF"; "abc", "ZLZ", "KIK", "HQX"; "def", "CJI", "YMI", "STC"; "a21b", "TQW", "XHA", "UBM"; "cde", "YZX", "GLT", "TED"}, 1, 1)

and returns ab12 in cell F2.

### Download excel *.xlsx file

Filter records containing a value.xlsx

If you rather want to use an excel table filter, follow these instructions

- Select data set, cell range B2:E6
- Go to tab "Insert" on the ribbon
- Click "Table" button or press CTRL + T

- Click OK
- Double click on cell F2
- Type: =COUNT(FIND({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9},B3))>0
- Press Enter

- Click on black arrow on Column 5 (F)

- Filter "True"
- Click OK

I managed to simplify the regular expression to this:

'?([a-zA-Z0-9\s\[\]\.])*'?!?\$?[A-Z]+\$?[0-9]+(:\$?[A-Z]+\$?[0-9]+)?