## Filter values occurring in range 1 but not in range 2

The formulas above extracts values that exists only in one or the other cell range, if you are looking for a formula that compares two separate columns the go here: Compare two columns and show differences

Array formula in B13:

Array formula in B22:

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If you don't own an Excel version that has the TEXTJOIN function then use the following considerably larger formula.

Array formula in B13:

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Formula in B21:

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### Explaining formula in cell B13

#### Step 1 - Identify values not shared by the ranges

TheÂ COUNTIF functionÂ counts values based on a condition or criteria, in this case, it counts values between the cell ranges.

COUNTIF($B$7:$E$10, $B$2:$D$4)=0

becomes

COUNTIF({"HH", "II", "JJ", "KK";"AA", "MM", "NN", "OO";"AA", "QQ", "RR", "SS";"TT", "II", "VV", "CC"}, {"AA", "BB", "CC";"DD", "BB", "EE";"FF", "CC", "GG"})=0

becomes

{2,0,1;0,0,0;0,1,0}=0

and returns

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

#### Step 2 - Prevent duplicates in list

COUNTIF(B12:$B$12, $B$2:$D$4)

becomes

COUNTIF("Values existing in range One but not in range Two", {"AA", "BB", "CC";"DD", "BB", "EE";"FF", "CC", "GG"})

and returns

{0,0,0;0,0,0;0,0,0}.

#### Step 3 - Add arrays

Check if array is equal to 1.

((COUNTIF($B$7:$E$10, $B$2:$D$4)=0)+COUNTIF(B12:$B$12, $B$2:$D$4))=1

becomes

({FALSE, TRUE, FALSE;TRUE, TRUE, TRUE;TRUE, FALSE, TRUE}+{0,0,0;0,0,0;0,0,0})=1

becomes

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

and returns

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

#### Step 4 - Convert TRUE to a unique number

IF(((COUNTIF($B$7:$E$10, $B$2:$D$4)=0)+COUNTIF(B12:$B$12, $B$2:$D$4))=1, (ROW($B$2:$D$4)+(1/(COLUMN($B$2:$D$4)+1)))*1, "")

becomes

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

becomes

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

and returns

{"", 2.25, "";3.33333333333333, 3.25, 3.2;4.33333333333333, "", 4.2}

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

The MIN function returns the minimum number in the given array.

MIN(IF(((COUNTIF($B$7:$E$10, $B$2:$D$4)=0)+COUNTIF(B12:$B$12, $B$2:$D$4))=1, (ROW($B$2:$D$4)+(1/(COLUMN($B$2:$D$4)+1)))*1, ""))

becomes

MIN({"", 2.25, "";3.33333333333333, 3.25, 3.2;4.33333333333333, "", 4.2})

and returns 2.25

#### Step 6 - Find position in array

IF(MIN(IF(((COUNTIF($B$7:$E$10, $B$2:$D$4)=0)+COUNTIF(B12:$B$12, $B$2:$D$4))=1, (ROW($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(2.25=(ROW($B$2:$D$4)+(1/(COLUMN($B$2:$D$4)+1)))*1, $B$2:$D$4, "")

becomes

IF(2.25={2.33333333333333, 2.25, 2.2;3.33333333333333, 3.25, 3.2;4.33333333333333, 4.25, 4.2}, $B$2:$D$4, "")

and returnsÂ {"","BB","";"","","";"","",""}.

#### Step 7 - Concatenate strings in array

TheÂ TEXTJOIN functionÂ returns values concatenated ignoring blanks in array.

TEXTJOIN("", TRUE, IF(MIN(IF(((COUNTIF($B$7:$E$10, $B$2:$D$4)=0)+COUNTIF(B12:$B$12, $B$2:$D$4))=1, (ROW($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, {"","BB","";"","","";"","",""})

and returns "BB" in cell B13.

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