Article updated on March 25, 2018

The array formula in cell C3 checks if text string in B3 contains all values in F2:F3.


To enter an array formula, type the formula in a cell then press and hold CTRL + SHIFT simultaneously, now press Enter once. Release all keys.

The formula bar now shows the formula with a beginning and ending curly bracket telling you that you entered the formula successfully. Don't enter the curly brackets yourself.

Explaining formula in cell C3

The SEARCH function returns the character position of a substring in a text string, it returns an error if not found.



SEARCH({"D";"U"},"A, U, G, E")

and returns {#VALUE!;4}.

THE COUNT function counts the number of values that contain a number, it conveniently also ignores errors.



COUNT({#VALUE!;4}) and returns 1. Only one value in the array is a number.

Lastly, the equal sign compares the output with number 2. COUNT(SEARCH($F$2:$F$3,B3))=2


1=2 and returns FALSE in cell C3.

Modify formula to check if at least one value is found

If you want the formula to return TRUE if at least one value is found change the formula to:


The possibilities are endless here if you want the formula to return TRUE if at least 2 out of 3 values are found, change the formula to:


Regular formula

This formula is slightly larger but has an advantage of being a regular formula.


Download Excel *.xlsx file

If cell contains multiple values.xlsx