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    Use array formula for range using search

    I have this formula that uses one search function to do multiple searches.

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       B 
    1 dog cat 
    2 zebra house tent 
    3 car mouse 
    4 box can orange 
    The answer I want is 2 (row 2) since all the matches occur there.

    What is wrong with the formula?

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    Re: Use array formula for range using search

    All the words in each row are contained in column B.

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    Re: Use array formula for range using search

    I should have mentioned that I have Excel 2010, with upgrading to Excel 2013 soon.

    Maybe using a "match(true" statement would work but then I wouldn't get multiple matches.

    There doesn't seem to be a way to do this in Excel.

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    Re: Use array formula for range using search

    one search to do multiple search...whats the outcome if multiple are found?
    also a sample file would make it easier to test outcomes for you
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    Re: Use array formula for range using search

    Maybe something like this

    in B1 and copy down

    =IFERROR(IF(LOOKUP(2^15,SEARCH({"house","tent","zebra"},B1)),ROW()),"")

    Data Range
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    C
    1
    dog cat zebra
    1
    2
    zebra house
    2
    3
    car mouse
    4
    box can orange tent
    4
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    Re: Use array formula for range using search

    AlKey, I think the search needs to find the cell that matches all of them
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    Re: Use array formula for range using search

    Quote Originally Posted by FDibbins View Post
    AlKey, I think the search needs to find the cell that matches all of them
    I don't think I know exactly what OP wants. but here is something different


    =SUM(COUNTIF(B1,"*"&{"house","tent","zebra"}&"*"))


    Data Range
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    C
    1
    dog cat zebra
    1
    2
    zebra house
    2
    3
    car mouse
    0
    4
    box can orange tent
    1

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    Re: Use array formula for range using search

    Thanks for getting back to me. I would like to keep this part of the formula intact as I can change the search criteria easily.

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    As an illustration, If I wanted to change my match to "house" and "zebra" only; I would change =7 to =5 (1 and 4 added)

    In my original example I want the formula to search the range B1:B4 to give me the row number that it matches to, which is row 2 from my example.

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    Re: Use array formula for range using search

    I'll attach a file. Right now the formula works if you do it by cell. It shows a TRUE for C2. Instead of copying down the formula, I would like it to find the row numbers for the rows with TRUE without creating a column C.
    I would copy down this formula down if there are multiple matches. I would probably use the small function to find multiple matches. So "small(if....rows(A1:A1)"

    It is trickier than I thought.
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    Re: Use array formula for range using search

    Hi.

    So what are your expected results for the attached, and in which cell(s) should these results be placed?

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    Re: Use array formula for range using search

    The formula can be placed in C1.
    My expected result is 2 since that is where the criteria matches.
    There could be multiple matches so a small(if or other similar function would need to be combined with the formula in the spreadsheet.

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    Re: Use array formula for range using search

    I'm wondering if the sumproduct is causing the issue in that it can't work with arrays. Instead of sumproduct maybe use sum(if.

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    Re: Use array formula for range using search

    l've used the search function in arrays before but not sumproduct. Could I use the Aggregate function in place of the sumproduct. It probably work faster as well.

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