Dear all,

I have two huge vertical lists of various items:List 1:

red orange

green orange

yellow orange

red pear

green apple

...List 2:

orange ; ny

apple ; dc

...Now i would like to add a second column to List 1 which contains the text of the second column of List 2 if the word is contained - the List 1 should look at the end like this:

List 1 (final):

red orange ; ny

green orange ; ny

yellow orange ; ny

red pear ; N/A

green apple ; dc

...How can I achieve this with a (simple) formula?

Thanks for any hints.

"Simple" is a relative term and may not be applicable in this case. In fact, depending on how many variables you have, you may not even be able to do it with a formula.

With your List 1 in A1:A5 and your List 2 in B1:B2, the following formula will give you the results you show in List 1 (final).

You can decide for yourself if it's "simple".

Place this in C1 and drag it down:

=IF(NOT(ISERROR(FIND(LEFT($B$1,FIND(" ",$B$1)-1),A1,1))),

A1&MID($B$1,FIND(" ",$B$1),256),IF(NOT(ISERROR(FIND(LEFT($B$2,

FIND(" ",$B$2)-1),A1,1))),A1&MID($B$2,FIND(" ",$B$2),256),A1&" ; N/A"))

You'll note that it needs a IF segment for each item in List 2. Imagine how long the formula will be for a "huge" List 2. Eventually you will hit the maximum number of characters allowed in a formula. The workaround for that is to put the results of portions of the formula in separate cells then reference those cells in your formula.Seems to me that a VBA based solution would be a better idea.

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DebieDad03, thanks. As both of my lists have a couple of thousand respectively a couple of hundred entries (and it is not always "red orange", but sometimes also "mac red orange" or "mac orange red"), I don't think the approach with nested if's is the right solution.

As I don't do VBA, I have now (sadly) resorted to do it manually.

Thanks again for your time.

This might be a good time to learn some VBA. I wrote some code that works for your example data and I don't think that "mac orange red" vs."mac red orange" will be a problem - as long as the suffix is the same for both of those. VBA is a bit more powerful than a formula and can handle that.

Why not post a few more examples of you data and I'l see if my code works?

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Hi DerbyDad03, yes, I should really learn some VBA. But there is just not enough time to do - business as usual eats up all the time at work, and at home I'm too busy right now with other things.

We are implementing right now a new application/database which will replace the EXCEL version and come with a more flexible reporting and analysis toolset. So I really hope that the indicated "challenge" was a one time problem.

The "manual" resolve only took me three hours...

Thanks again for your time.

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