I tried the array formula in this post: Filter common values between two ranges using array formula in excel to extract common values between two cell ranges. 40000 random cell values in each cell range. As you might have guessed, the array formula is too slow.

Sheet2 contains 40000 random text strings in cell range A1:J4000

Sheet3 also contains 40000 random text strings in cell range A1:J4000

This udf creates a list of common cell values between the two cell ranges.

User defined function

Function Common_Values_2_Ranges(rng1 As Variant, rng2 As Variant) As Variant

Dim Value1 As Variant
Dim Value2 As Variant
Dim temp() As Variant
Dim Test As New Collection

ReDim temp(0)

rng1 = rng1.Value
rng2 = rng2.Value

On Error Resume Next
For Each Value1 In rng1
 If Len(Value1) > 0 Then Test.Add Value1, CStr(Value1)
Next Value1
On Error GoTo 0

On Error Resume Next
For Each Value2 In rng2
 If Len(Value2) > 0 Then Test.Add Value2, CStr(Value2)
  If Err Then
   temp(UBound(temp)) = Value2
   ReDim Preserve temp(UBound(temp) + 1)
  End If
  Err = False
  Test.Remove Value2
Next Value2
On Error GoTo 0

Common_Values_2_Ranges = Application.Transpose(temp)

End Function

How to implement user defined function in excel

  1. Press Alt-F11 to open visual basic editor
  2. Click Module on the Insert menu
  3. Copy and paste the above user defined function
  4. Exit visual basic editor
  5. Select sheet1
  6. Select cell range A1:A5000
  7. Type =Common_Values_2_ranges(Sheet2!A1:J4000, Sheet3!A1:J4000) into formula bar and press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER

Download excel sample file for this tutorial.

Filter-common-values-in-two-ranges-udf.zip (~600 KB)

(Excel 97-2003 Workbook *.xls)

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