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How to automatically check for early identical entries?

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    Cheers everyone,

    I am doing a translation and I am using Excel. There are two columns in my worksheet. Column A with the original text and column B with the translation. Every once in a while I run into a word I have translated before.

    Is there anyway I could have excel checking if the value of cell A (x) is equal to a value A (1-x) (eg. A8) if so then fill cell B (x) with the corresponding value (eg. of the cell B8).

    Perhaps it is a simple conditional formating but I can't figure out the formula.

    Thank you.

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    Re: How to automatically check for early identical entries?

    If you are making hard coded inputs in column B, then if you have a formula in B, the hard-coding will wipe out the formula.... if it is one-time deal, then it shouldn't matter.



    You can start column B, cell B2, with formula like:

    =IF(A2="","",IF(ISNUMBER(MATCH(A2,A$1:A1,0)),VLOOKUP(A2,A$1:B1,2,0),""))

    assuming you are starting in Row 2.

    Then copy down as far as you want.

    Now as you enter items in column A, if a translation already appeared above, then it should show up... if it doesn't show, then overwrite the formula.

    When it is all done, you can copy column B and paste special over itself, selecting Values option so that all formulas are gone. (optional)

    Would that work?
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    Re: How to automatically check for early identical entries?

    See N's post
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    Re: How to automatically check for early identical entries?

    Hi NBVC

    Apparently there is an error in the formula, I can not test it. Would it be possible for you to send me the formula in an excel sheet/cell?

    Thanks a lot.

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    Last edited by NBVC; 02-15-2011 at 10:50 AM. Reason: removed email address

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    Re: How to automatically check for early identical entries?

    Try this version:

    =IF(A2="";"";IF(ISNUMBER(MATCH(A2;A$1:A1;0));VLOOKUP(A2;A$1:B1;2;0);""))

    your regional settings probably uses semi-colons instead of commas as argument separators

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    Re: How to automatically check for early identical entries?

    Yep it is working.

    Thanks a lot.

    Cheers

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    Re: How to automatically check for early identical entries?

    Great...

    I will delete your email address to avoid spam in your inbox

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    Re: How to automatically check for early identical entries?

    Quote Originally Posted by NBVC View Post
    Great...

    I will delete your email address to avoid spam in your inbox
    Super. Thank you again.

    Bests

    Dorian

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    Re: How to automatically check for early identical entries?

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    Re: How to automatically check for early identical entries?

    Done.

    Takes a little time to learn 'where is what'.

    thanks

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