## Filter unique distinct text values using “begins with” criterion in a range using array formula in excel

*Article updated on November 29, 2010*

### Array formula in B12:

Copy cell B12 and paste it down as far as needed.

### Named ranges

tbl (B3:D5)

What is named ranges?

### How to implement array formula to your workbook

Change the named range and "begins with" cell reference ($D$9). If your list starts at, for example, F3. Change $B$11:B11 in the above formulas to F2:$F$2.

### Download excel sample file for this article.

Extract unique distinct values begins with A in a range.xls

(Excel 97-2003 Workbook *.xls)

### Final notes

I don´t think this can be done **with a range** using pivot table, if so please comment.

### Functions in this article

**ROW(**reference**)** Returns the rownumber of a reference

**COUNTIF(**range,criteria**)**

Counts the number of cells within a range that meet the given condition

**IF(**logical_test;[value_if:true];[value_if_false]**)
**Checks whether a condition is met, and returns one value if TRUE, and another value if FALSE

**MATCH(**lookup_value;lookup_array; [match_type]

Returns the relative position of an item in an array that matches a specified value

**INDEX(**array,row_num,[column_num]**)**

Returns a value or reference of the cell at the intersection of a particular row and column, in a given range

**MIN(**number1,[number2]**)**

Returns the smallest number in a set of values. Ignores logical values and text

**LEFT(**text;num_chars**)** Returns the specified number of characters from the start of textstring

**LEN(**text**)**

Returns the number of characters in a text string

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Oscar,

Your code has aided me tremendously; THANK YOU!! I have the existing criterion based, unique distinct list formula

I am trying to add "begins with" criteria to rngITEMDescr, such that any item that begins with "PLATE" is excluded from the unique distinct list.

Randy

Randy Braddock

Thank you.

I have added content to this post:

https://www.get-digital-help.com/2009/01/14/automatically-filter-unique-row-records-from-multiple-columns/#notbegin

I believe it has the answer to your question.