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Searching 2 columns for similiar matches

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    Searching 2 columns for similiar matches

    I have 2 columns that contain names in no particular order. I need to search each name in column A for a potential match in column B w/o regard to row. For example,

    A
    Mary
    Ben
    Steve

    B
    Bobby
    Oscar
    Mary Hall

    The function/forumla should find Mary Hall as a potential match for Mary even though it is not an exact match.

    Thanks -

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    Re: Searching 2 columns for similiar matches

    Try

    =IF(ISNUMBER(MATCH("*"&A2&"*",B:B,0)),INDEX(B:B,MATCH("*"&A2&"*",B:B,0)),"")

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    Re: Searching 2 columns for similiar matches

    I believe thats it !!!!

    Thanks a lot -

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