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    Extract text from cell in correlation with indexing

    I have a spreadsheet that goes something like this:

    Document Name Document References Document Referenced In
    Doc1 Doc 4
    Doc 2 Doc 1
    Doc 3 Doc 2
    Doc 4 Doc 2
    Doc 5 Doc 1, Doc 2

    I want the third column to return the docs that the document is referenced in. For example the third column for row Doc 1 should return "Doc 2, Doc 5", the third column for row Doc 2 should return "Doc 3, Doc 4, Doc 5" and the third column for row Doc 4 should return " Doc 1"

    Can anyone help me find a way to do this without macros?

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    Re: Extract text from cell in correlation with indexing

    Since Concatenate is not array enabled there will be a bunch of helper columns. I threw in a UDF there anyway for comparison.
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    Re: Extract text from cell in correlation with indexing

    OK, so now, what if there are blanks in the primary column?
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    Re: Extract text from cell in correlation with indexing

    To take care of blanks in column A use this formula that just adds IF(A2<>"","" to the front of the formula already given to you.
    Enter in C2 and fill down and across:
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    ...confirmed by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER to activate the array, not just ENTER. You will know the array is active when you see curly braces { } appear around your formula. If you do not CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER you will get an error or a clearly incorrect answer. Press F2 on that cell and try again.

    A
    B
    C
    D
    E
    F
    G
    1
    Document Name Document References
    helper1
    helper2
    helper3
    helper4
    helper5
    2
    Doc 1 Doc 4
    Doc 2
    Doc 5
    3
    Doc 2 Doc 1
    Doc 3
    Doc 4
    Doc 5
    4
    Doc 3 Doc 2
    5
    Doc 4 Doc 2, Doc 6
    Doc 1
    doc 6
    6
    Doc 5 Doc 1, Doc 2
    7
    8
    doc 6 doc 4
    Doc 4
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    Re: Extract text from cell in correlation with indexing

    Fixed empty cells in left column.
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