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Comparing data from two columns, looking for similar matches, not exact matches.

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    Comparing data from two columns, looking for similar matches, not exact matches.

    I have long lists of numbers to compare. The entries may have typoes, like a 5 instead of an S. I want to compare the two columns of data, finding similar matches, not exact matches. For instance, number 2C-40019 is in one column, the next has 5C-40019. How can I look for the similarity, i.e. 40019?? and also do this for several rows of data?

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    Re: Comparing data from two columns, looking for similar matches, not exact matches.

    Are all of the numbers in a XXX-XXXXX format? As in, three digita, dash, five digits, every time?
    And, are the last 5 digits the only things needed to be matched?

    If so, you can use

    =right(A1,5)=right(B1,5) to get a true false result.
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    Re: Comparing data from two columns, looking for similar matches, not exact matches.

    I should have been more clear, I need column C to search all of column D for similarities, not just row by row.

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