## Extract a list of duplicates from two columns combined

The following regular formula extracts duplicates from column B (List1) and column D (List2) combined, the result is shown in column F.

Formula in cell F3:

### Explaining formula in cell F3

This formula consists of two similar parts, one returns values from List1 and the other returns values from List2.

IFERROR(*formula1, formula2*)

#### Step 1 - Prevent duplicate values

The COUNTIF function counts values based on a condition, in this case, I am counting values in cells above. This makes sure that duplicates are ignored.

COUNTIF($F$2:F2,$B$3:$B$21)=0

becomes

COUNTIF("Duplicates",$B$3:$B$21)=0

becomes

COUNTIF("Duplicates",{"Federer, Roger ";"Djokovic, Novak ";"Murray, Andy ";"Davydenko, Nikolay ";"Roddick, Andy ";"Del Potro, Juan Martin ";"Federer, Roger ";"Davydenko, Nikolay ";"Verdasco, Fernando ";"Gonzalez, Fernando ";"Wawrinka, Stanislas ";"Gonzalez, Fernando ";"Blake, James ";"Nalbandian, David ";"Robredo, Tommy ";"Wawrinka, Stanislas ";"Cilic, Marin ";"Stepanek, Radek ";"Almagro, Nicolas "})=0

{0;0;0;0;0;0;0;0;0;0;0;0;0;0;0;0;0;0;0}=0

and returns

{TRUE;TRUE;TRUE; TRUE;TRUE;TRUE;TRUE; TRUE;TRUE;TRUE;TRUE; TRUE;TRUE;TRUE;TRUE; TRUE;TRUE;TRUE;TRUE}

#### Step 2 - Count values in List1

We want to know where the duplicates are if there are any.

COUNTIF($B$3:$B$21,$B$3:$B$21)>1

becomes

COUNTIF({"Federer, Roger ";"Djokovic, Novak ";"Murray, Andy ";"Davydenko, Nikolay ";"Roddick, Andy ";"Del Potro, Juan Martin ";"Federer, Roger ";"Davydenko, Nikolay ";"Verdasco, Fernando ";"Gonzalez, Fernando ";"Wawrinka, Stanislas ";"Gonzalez, Fernando ";"Blake, James ";"Nalbandian, David ";"Robredo, Tommy ";"Wawrinka, Stanislas ";"Cilic, Marin ";"Stepanek, Radek ";"Almagro, Nicolas "},{"Federer, Roger ";"Djokovic, Novak ";"Murray, Andy ";"Davydenko, Nikolay ";"Roddick, Andy ";"Del Potro, Juan Martin ";"Federer, Roger ";"Davydenko, Nikolay ";"Verdasco, Fernando ";"Gonzalez, Fernando ";"Wawrinka, Stanislas ";"Gonzalez, Fernando ";"Blake, James ";"Nalbandian, David ";"Robredo, Tommy ";"Wawrinka, Stanislas ";"Cilic, Marin ";"Stepanek, Radek ";"Almagro, Nicolas "})>1

becomes

{2;1;1;2;1;1;2;2;1;2;2;2;1;1;1;2;1;1;1}>1

{TRUE;FALSE; FALSE;TRUE; FALSE;FALSE; TRUE;TRUE; FALSE;TRUE; TRUE;TRUE; FALSE;FALSE; FALSE;TRUE; FALSE;FALSE; FALSE}

#### Step 3 - Multiply arrays

(COUNTIF($F$2:F2,$B$3:$B$21)=0)*(COUNTIF($B$3:$B$21,$B$3:$B$21)>1)

becomes

{TRUE;TRUE;TRUE; TRUE;TRUE;TRUE;TRUE; TRUE;TRUE;TRUE;TRUE; TRUE;TRUE;TRUE;TRUE; TRUE;TRUE;TRUE;TRUE} * {TRUE;FALSE; FALSE;TRUE; FALSE;FALSE; TRUE;TRUE; FALSE;TRUE; TRUE;TRUE; FALSE;FALSE; FALSE;TRUE; FALSE;FALSE; FALSE}

and returns

{1;0;0;1;0;0;1;1;0;1;1;1;0;0;0;1;0;0;0}

#### Step 4 - Divide 1 with array

The LOOKUP function ignores error and if we divide 1 with 0 an error occurs. 1/0 = #DIV/0!

1/((COUNTIF($F$2:F8,$B$3:$B$21)=0)*(COUNTIF($B$3:$B$21,$B$3:$B$21)>1))

becomes

1/{1;0;0;1;0;0;1;1;0;1;1;1;0;0;0;1;0;0;0}

and returns

{1;#DIV/0!;#DIV/0!;1;#DIV/0!;#DIV/0!;1;1;#DIV/0!;1;1;1;#DIV/0!;#DIV/0!;#DIV/0!;1;#DIV/0!;#DIV/0!;#DIV/0!}

#### Step 5 - Return value based on array

LOOKUP(2, 1/((COUNTIF($F$2:F2,$B$3:$B$21)=0)*(COUNTIF($B$3:$B$21,$B$3:$B$21)>1)), $B$3:$B$21)

becomes

LOOKUP(2, 1/{1;0;0;1;0;0;1;1;0;1;1;1;0;0;0;1;0;0;0}, $B$3:$B$21)

becomes

LOOKUP(2, 11/{1;0;0;1;0;0;1;1;0;1;1;1;0;0;0;1;0;0;0}, {"Federer, Roger ";"Djokovic, Novak ";"Murray, Andy ";"Davydenko, Nikolay ";"Roddick, Andy ";"Del Potro, Juan Martin ";"Federer, Roger ";"Davydenko, Nikolay ";"Verdasco, Fernando ";"Gonzalez, Fernando ";"Wawrinka, Stanislas ";"Gonzalez, Fernando ";"Blake, James ";"Nalbandian, David ";"Robredo, Tommy ";"Wawrinka, Stanislas ";"Cilic, Marin ";"Stepanek, Radek ";"Almagro, Nicolas "})

and returns Wawrinka, Stanislas in cell F3.

#### Step 6 - Return values from List2

When values run out from List1 formula1 returns errors, the IFERROR function then moves to formula2.

IFERROR(*formula1, formula2*)

formula2 is just like formula1 except that it returns values from List2 and duplicates found between List1 and List2.

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Hello,

I have duplicate data spread between C3 and W22. I would like to list the distinct values in C3:W22 in another worksheet(2003). could you please help me.

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Hi Oscar,

I am having issues with the listing formula, I have a table as below:

S.no Month Date Session Name Session Duration Trainer

1 Sep 05-Sep-14 The Art of Tactful conversations 0.5 ABC

2 Sep 09-Sep-14 Managing Client Expectations 0.5 DEF

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I need to get a list of trainings done if i update a trainers name.

This has to be done in a seperate workbook.

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