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

*Article last updated on December 03, 2010*

Unique values are values existing only once in a range.

BB and CC exists once in the "List" above. They are unique values.

### Array formula in B12:

copied 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-values-begins-with-A-in-a-range.xls

(Excel 97-2003 Workbook *.xls)

### 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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