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    Find a requested word within sentences and output those sentences elsewhere

    Hello,

    I've got a sheet with hundreds of comments that range from 3 words to 300 words each. They are each contained within separate cells. I want to be able to type in a specific word that I'm looking for, and have excel output each entire comment where that word is found. I have set up a simple mock workbook that I will attach.

    Any thoughts?
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    Re: Find a requested word within sentences and output those sentences elsewhere

    So maybe A15:

    =IFERROR(INDEX(Sentences!$A$9:$A$12,SMALL(IF(ISNUMBER(SEARCH(Finder!$B$11,Sentences!$A$9:$A$12)),ROW($A$1:$A$4)-ROW(A$1)+1),ROW($A1))),"")

    This is an array formula, confirmed with Ctrl+Shift+Enter to exit the cell.

    Then copy downwards.
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    Re: Find a requested word within sentences and output those sentences elsewhere

    Another option might be:
    In the Sentences worksheet, have cell A1 = Who are you looking for?
    Have cell B1 = manual entry of name Max
    In Col B where the sentences are (starting B9), enter the following formula: =IFERROR(IF(SEARCH($B$1,A9)>0,A9,""),"") and then drag down. You can then see all of the sentences that contain the word Max. If you remove the blank rows between row 1 and 9, you can then filter cell B1 and see just those rows that have sentences. Don't know if this is an option but it would allow you to see everything in one worksheet.

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