## Extract duplicate records

This article describes how to filter duplicate rows with the use of a formula. It is, in fact, an array formula which is demonstrated below. The function that makes this all possible is the COUNTIFS function, introduced in Excel 2007.

The COUNTIFS function evaluates criteria to cells across multiple ranges and counts the number of times all criteria are met.

### Array formula in cell A30:

Copy cell A30 and paste it to the right as far as needed. Then copy cells and paste them down as far as needed.

### How this formula works in cell A30

*Step 1 - Find duplicates*

=INDEX($A$2:$D$25, SMALL(IF(**COUNTIFS($A$2:$A$25, $A$2:$A$25, $B$2:$B$25, $B$2:$B$25, $C$2:$C$25, $C$2:$C$25, $D$2:$D$25, $D$2:$D$25)>1**, ROW($A$2:$A$25)-MIN(ROW($A$2:$A$25))+1), ROW(A1)), COLUMN(A1)

COUNTIFS($A$2:$A$25, $A$2:$A$25, $B$2:$B$25, $B$2:$B$25, $C$2:$C$25, $C$2:$C$25, $D$2:$D$25, $D$2:$D$25)>1

returns this array:

{False, False, True, False, False, False, True, True, True, True, True, True, True, False, True, True, True, True, True, False, True, True, True, True}

*Step 2 - Use array to extract row numbers*

IF({False, False, True, False, False, False, True, True, True, True, True, True, True, False, True, True, True, True, True, False, True, True, True, True}, ROW($A$2:$A$25)-MIN(ROW($A$2:$A$25))+1)

becomes

IF({False, False, True, False, False, False, True, True, True, True, True, True, True, False, True, True, True, True, True, False, True, True, True, True}, {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24})

and returns this array:

{False, False, 3, False, False, False, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, False, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, False, 21, 22, 23, 24}

*Step 3 - Return the k-th smallest value*

SMALL(IF(COUNTIFS($A$2:$A$25, $A$2:$A$25, $B$2:$B$25, $B$2:$B$25, $C$2:$C$25, $C$2:$C$25, $D$2:$D$25, $D$2:$D$25)>1, ROW($A$2:$A$25)-MIN(ROW($A$2:$A$25))+1), ROW(A1))

becomes

SMALL({False, False, 3, False, False, False, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, False, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, False, 21, 22, 23, 24}, ROW(A1))

and returns 3.

*Step 4 - Return a value of the cell at the intersection of a particular row and column*

=INDEX($A$2:$D$25, SMALL(IF(COUNTIFS($A$2:$A$25, $A$2:$A$25, $B$2:$B$25, $B$2:$B$25, $C$2:$C$25, $C$2:$C$25, $D$2:$D$25, $D$2:$D$25)>1, ROW($A$2:$A$25)-MIN(ROW($A$2:$A$25))+1), ROW(A1)), COLUMN(A1))

becomes

=INDEX($A$2:$D$25, 3, COLUMN(A1))

becomes

=INDEX($A$2:$D$25, 3, 1) and returns "Sample1"

*Final notes*

The formula uses relative and absolute cell references.

In cell B30 the array formula changes cell references to:

=INDEX($A$2:$D$25, SMALL(IF(COUNTIFS($A$2:$A$25, $A$2:$A$25, $B$2:$B$25, $B$2:$B$25, $C$2:$C$25, $C$2:$C$25, $D$2:$D$25, $D$2:$D$25)>1, ROW($A$2:$A$25)-MIN(ROW($A$2:$A$25))+1), ROW(A1)), COLUMN(**B1**))

In cell A31 the formula changes cell references to:

=INDEX($A$2:$D$25, SMALL(IF(COUNTIFS($A$2:$A$25, $A$2:$A$25, $B$2:$B$25, $B$2:$B$25, $C$2:$C$25, $C$2:$C$25, $D$2:$D$25, $D$2:$D$25)>1, ROW($A$2:$A$25)-MIN(ROW($A$2:$A$25))+1), ROW(**A2**)), COLUMN(**A2**))

### Download excel sample file for this tutorial.

Filter duplicate rows in excel 2007.xlsx

(Excel 2007 Workbook *.xlsx)

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### Functions used in this formula:

**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

**COUNTIFS(**criteria_range1,criteria1, criteria_range2, criteria2...**)**

Counts the number of cells specified by a given set of conditions or criteria

**SMALL(**array,k**)** returns the k-th smallest row number in this data set.

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

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

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

This article demonstrates how to filter duplicate records using a simple formula and an Excel defined table.

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