# Extract unique distinct text values containing string in a range

The formula in cell B10 extracts unique distinct values from cell range B2:d4 that contains the string specified in cell C7.

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### Explaining formula in cell B10

#### Step 1 - Identify values containing search string

TheÂ SEARCH functionÂ returns a number representing the location of a text string in another string.

ISNUMBER(SEARCH($C$7,$B$2:$D$4))

becomes

ISNUMBER(SEARCH("a",{"Apple", "Banana", "Blackberry"; "Orange", "Lemon", "Blood orange"; "Blueberry", "Banana", "Orange"}))

becomes

ISNUMBER({1,2,3;3,#VALUE!,9;#VALUE!,2,3})

and returns

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

#### Step 2 - Keep track of previous values

TheÂ COUNTIF functionÂ counts values based on a condition or criteria, the first argument contains an expanding cell reference, it grows when the cell is copied to cells below. This makes the formula aware of values displayed in cells above. 0 (zero) indicates values that not yet have been displayed

COUNTIF(B9:$B$9,$B$2:$D$4)=0

becomes

COUNTIF("Unique distinct values", {"Apple", "Banana", "Blackberry";"Orange", "Lemon", "Blood orange";"Blueberry", "Banana", "Orange"})=0

becomes

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

and returns

{TRUE,TRUE,TRUE; TRUE,TRUE,TRUE; TRUE,TRUE,TRUE}.

#### Step 3 - Multiply arrays

Both values must be true in order to get the value in a later step.

(COUNTIF(B9:$B$9,$B$2:$D$4)=0)*ISNUMBER(SEARCH($C$7,$B$2:$D$4))

becomes

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

and returns

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

#### Step 4 - Replace TRUE with unique number

TheÂ IF functionÂ returns a unique number if boolean value is TRUE. FALSE returns "" (nothing). The unique number is needed to find the right value in a later step.

IF((COUNTIF(B9:$B$9,$B$2:$D$4)=0)*ISNUMBER(SEARCH($C$7,$B$2:$D$4)),(ROW($B$2:$D$4)+(1/(COLUMN($B$2:$D$4)+1)))*1,"")

becomes

IF({1,1,1;1,0,1;0,1,1},(ROW($B$2:$D$4)+(1/(COLUMN($B$2:$D$4)+1)))*1,"")

becomes

IF({1,1,1;1,0,1;0,1,1}, {2.33333333333333, 2.25, 2.2; 3.33333333333333, 3.25, 3.2; 4.33333333333333, 4.25, 4.2}, "")

and returns

{2.33333333333333, 2.25,2.2; 3.33333333333333,"", 3.2;"", 4.25, 4.2}

#### Step 5 - Find smallest value in array

TheÂ MIN functionÂ returns the smallest number in array ignoring blanks and text values.

MIN(IF((COUNTIF(B9:$B$9,$B$2:$D$4)=0)*ISNUMBER(SEARCH($C$7,$B$2:$D$4)),(ROW($B$2:$D$4)+(1/(COLUMN($B$2:$D$4)+1)))*1,""))

becomes

MIN({2.33333333333333, 2.25,2.2; 3.33333333333333,"", 3.2;"", 4.25, 4.2})

and returns 2.2.

#### Step 6 - Find corresponding value

IF(MIN(IF((COUNTIF(B9:$B$9,$B$2:$D$4)=0)*ISNUMBER(SEARCH($C$7,$B$2:$D$4)),(ROW($B$2:$D$4)+(1/(COLUMN($B$2:$D$4)+1)))*1,""))=(ROW($B$2:$D$4)+(1/(COLUMN($B$2:$D$4)+1)))*1,$B$2:$D$4,"")

becomes

IF(2.2={2.33333333333333, 2.25,2.2; 3.33333333333333,"", 3.2;"", 4.25, 4.2}, $B$2:$D$4, "")

becomes

IF({FALSE,FALSE, TRUE;FALSE, FALSE,FALSE; FALSE,FALSE, FALSE}, $B$2:$D$4, "")

and returns

{"","","Blackberry";"","","";"","",""}

#### Step 7 - Concatenate strings in array

TheÂ TEXTJOIN functionÂ returns values concatenated ignoring blanks in array.

TEXTJOIN("",TRUE,IF(MIN(IF((COUNTIF(B9:$B$9,$B$2:$D$4)=0)*ISNUMBER(SEARCH($C$7,$B$2:$D$4)),(ROW($B$2:$D$4)+(1/(COLUMN($B$2:$D$4)+1)))*1,""))=(ROW($B$2:$D$4)+(1/(COLUMN($B$2:$D$4)+1)))*1,$B$2:$D$4,""))

becomes

TEXTJOIN("", TRUE, {"","","Blackberry";"","","";"","",""})

and returns "Blackberry" in cell B10.

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I was working with values in a format like 10 x 20 = 200 , in twenty five values at one time only 5 to 8 values were present others were zero, it helped me a lot ,i extracted required result using = condition now i will have only required result in my sheet.

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