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    Compare two columns of text

    Hi Guys,

    I am really struggling with a problem and hope someone out there will be able to help me.

    I have a worksheet containing two columns with approx. 1000 company names on each column.

    Example:

    Column 1

    facebook
    apple
    jp morgan
    etc

    I have one more column to the right of column 1 named column 2

    I need to compare the two rows so I can eliminate the names on column 1 that duplicates with column 2

    So when I am done I can see which companies that exist in column 1, and not in column 2.

    I appreciate all the help I can get

    Many many thanks!

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    Re: Compare two columns of text

    Try this in column C (I'll assume you're using A:B)

    in C2: =IF(COUNTIF(B:B,A2),"",A2)

    and drag down as far as you need

    Column C will show the values from column A that are not in column B

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    Re: Compare two columns of text

    Hi RKP,

    Find the attached where I've done what I think you want. I've used stock symbols from different accounts. See the attached and the formula in it.
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    Re: Compare two columns of text

    I like Cutter's answer better than mine. Try it on my workbook and see which works for you.

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