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    Search list for each instance with the same value

    I have a contacts list with an INDEX MATCH search function (Contacts Worksheet). The problem I discovered exist with contacts with the same name. i.e if I search “Alan” only the first the occurrence is displayed and am unable to seek the next in the list. The goal is to use the search function to pull each record instance. The more I look into INDEX MATCH, the less I think I can use it to pull each instance. I tried a variation with Vlookup but ran into similar issues.

    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
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    Re: Search list for each instance with the same value

    Option:

    1- Give each name a unique distinct code then search
    2- Lookup base on 2 criteria in C2 & C3: Lname and fname combination

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    Re: Search list for each instance with the same value

    bebo021999,
    Although your recommendation provides a workaround, it does not achieve the solution I am looking for.
    In both cases, it would require to know the full name of each customer or the customer last name and some unique identifier. With small list that is not such an issue but with very large contacts list does not practical.
    Although, it does makes me look at my data differently and I appreciate the assist.

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    Re: Search list for each instance with the same value

    Please see if the attached is what you have in mind.

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    Re: Search list for each instance with the same value

    RaulSerg,
    It was not what I expected, but this will get the information I need.

    Thank you for the quick assist and solution.

    bebo021999 recommendation now has me looking at the data differently in order to search using more than one criterion, which would give me closer match.

    Regardless, thank you again.

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