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    Question Modify formula so that whole cell contents with spaces is combined in search

    Hi.

    I have a function which looks at the value in column A (band names) and then returns and output to column C (genre) based on a search of another sheet (Genre_categories) in the workbook.

    The problem I'm having is that the search function is looking for individual words rather than the whole band name. So 'Pink Floyd' in Cell A2 results in a search for 'Pink' and 'Floyd' and returns 'Pop' and 'Rock' as a genre (eg: pop,rock).

    So how can I modify the search to make sure it looks only for the 'whole' band name?

    This if my formula:
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    Re: Modify formula so that whole cell contents with spaces is combined in search

    Try it like this:

    =TEXTJOIN(", ",,IF(ISNUMBER(MATCH(A2,Genre_categories!$B$2:$B$333,0)),Genre_categories!$I$2:$I$333,""))

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Modify formula so that whole cell contents with spaces is combined in search

    Hi Pete_UK; thanks for this. When I try it I get every cell value from 'Genre_categories column I' entered into the cell.

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    Re: Modify formula so that whole cell contents with spaces is combined in search

    Hi,

    I think that should be:

    =TEXTJOIN(", ",,IF(Genre_categories!$B$2:$B$333=A2,Genre_categories!$I$2:$I$333,""))

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    Re: Modify formula so that whole cell contents with spaces is combined in search

    Thanks XOR LX for offering a solution but your formula produces a #VALUE! when it gets to the bold part =TEXTJOIN(", ",,IF(Genre_categories!$B$2:$B$333=A2,Genre_categories!$I$2:$I$333,""))

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    Re: Modify formula so that whole cell contents with spaces is combined in search

    Am I asking too much of Excel?

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    Re: Modify formula so that whole cell contents with spaces is combined in search

    I don't understand how you could receive a #VALUE! error using the formula I posted. Can you post a workbook (confidential data replaced with dummy data, if necessary)?

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    Re: Modify formula so that whole cell contents with spaces is combined in search

    I'm happy to post my workbook but the paperclip icon doesn't do anything on my screen. Do I need to add the file somewhere else first?

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    Re: Modify formula so that whole cell contents with spaces is combined in search

    so, finally got asn attachment to work! yay! Have a look :-)
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    Re: Modify formula so that whole cell contents with spaces is combined in search

    Thanks.

    No errors for me when I open that file.

    However, if you're seeing #VALUE! errors then this could be related to the (apparently undocumented) bug associated with TEXTJOIN, which I myself have witnessed on occasion.

    Sometimes a simple action within the workbook, e.g. filtering/unfiltering, can remedy the situation, in that the TEXTJOIN formulas then cease to display #VALUE! and instead display the correct results. However, in my experience this does not in any way mean that the errors will not return, e.g. upon next opening the workbook.

    Might also be worth checking you're not set to Manual Calculation mode.

    Other than that, I'm afraid I can't help you any further. On a (slightly) positive note, your experiencing this issue means that it's not an issue with my machine, which confirms my suspicions that this is indeed a bug with the TEXTJOIN function. Perhaps I'll attempt to raise it with the Microsoft Tech Team.

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    Re: Modify formula so that whole cell contents with spaces is combined in search

    Yay! You were absolutely right XOR LX, it worked perfectly when I deleted the column and then added the formula again.

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