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    Getting array/index formula to ignore blank cells

    Hi,

    I'm using this formula (entered as an array formula) to return unique values from a range in alphabetical order: =INDEX($B$3:$B$11, MATCH(SMALL(IF(COUNTIF($D$2:D2, $B$3:$B$11)=0, COUNTIF($B$3:$B$11, "<"&$B$3:$B$11), ""), 1), COUNTIF($B$3:$B$11, "<"&$B$3:$B$11), 0)).

    The problem is that if there's a blank cell in the range, the formula goes crazy and displays the first (alphabetically speaking) value in all of the rows.

    The problem seems to potentially come from this part: COUNTIF($D$2:D2, $B$3:$B$11). When I use it by itself it returns 0 for all values not found in preceding rows of column D and 1 for all values that are found in precending rows (as it should), but when there's a blank cell in the range it returns values higher than 1 for the instances of the value that would come first in alphabetical order and 0 for all of the other values.

    I figure there's probably a way to add the ifblank function somewhere in there that would work, but I don't know where.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Simon

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    Re: Getting array/index formula to ignore blank cells

    For NEXT time, please remember thta it is MUCH easier for us if you provide a sample sheet to to work with.

    This is the array formula that you need. You can adapt it to the ranges in your sheet.



    =IFERROR(INDEX($A$1:$A$20,MATCH(0,COUNTIF($A$1:$A$20,"<"&$A$1:$A$20)+10^10*($A$1:$A$20="")-SUM(COUNTIF($A$1:$A$20,D$1:D1)),0)),"")
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    Re: Getting array/index formula to ignore blank cells

    That works great. Thanks a lot!

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    Re: Getting array/index formula to ignore blank cells

    You're welcome.



    It would be very nice if you were to just click the Add Reputation button at the foot of any of the posts of members who helped you reach a solution.

    Finally, if that takes care of your original question, please select "Thread Tools" from the menu link above and mark this thread as SOLVED.

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    Re: Getting array/index formula to ignore blank cells

    Done. Thanks!

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    Re: Getting array/index formula to ignore blank cells

    Hi,Glenn,
    How to solve this with two list data.
    (Extract a unique distinct value with 2 list and sort alphabetically)
    Thank you for your reply.

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