# How do I compare two Excel columns side by side?

## How do I compare two Excel columns side by side?

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Compare two columns for differences in Excel

- Open a new sheet and highlight the same cell the two columns you’re comparing start on.
- Add ‘=IF(Sheet1!
- Drag the formula down the page for as many cells as the columns you are comparing contain.
- The differences should then be highlighted as Sheet1 vs Sheet2:Difference1 etc.

## How do I compare two columns in Excel for partial matches?

One of the approaches to perform the partial match between columns is the use of the VLOOKUP function. The VLOOKUP function looks up the data in a range organized vertically. To know more about the function, visit the VLOOKUP article. We will compare the two columns and produce the result in another column.

**How do I compare two columns in Excel and return a value from the third column?**

Compare two columns and return value form third column with a useful feature

- In the Formula Type drop down list, please select Lookup option;
- Then, select Look for a value in list option in the Choose a formula list box;

### Can I use Vlookup to compare two columns?

When you have two columns of data and want to find out which data points from one list exist in the other list, you can use the VLOOKUP function to compare the lists for common values.

### How do you find matching values in two different columns in Excel?

Compare Two Columns With a VLOOKUP Function and Find Matching Data. Another way to have Excel find duplicates in two columns is to use a VLOOKUP function. Excel will compare each cell in the second column against the cells in the first column. Use the =VLOOKUP(B2,$A$2:$A$14,1,0) for the column displaying the results.

**How do I get a list of unique values from multiple columns in Excel?**

Select Text option from the Formula Type drop down list; Then choose Extract cells with unique values (include the first duplicate) from the Choose a fromula list box; In the right Arguments input section, select a list of cells that you want to extract unique values.

## How do you dynamically extract a list of unique values from a column range in Excel?

Dynamically extract a list of unique values from a column range with formula

- Select a blank cell such as D2, enter the below formula into it and press the Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys simultaneously. (
- Keep selecting cell D2, then drag the Fill Handle down to get all unique values from the specified range.

## Is Xlookup better than Vlookup?

The XLOOKUP separates the lookup array and the return array into two arguments. The lookup array should house the value Excel will search for and the return array argument will house the value to be returned. The separation of the arrays makes the XLOOKUP much more flexible than the VLOOKUP.

**How do I find uncommon values in two columns in Excel?**

Find unique/duplicate values between two columns with formula. The following formula can also help you to find the unique values, please do as this: In a blank cell B2, enter this formula =IF(ISNA(VLOOKUP(A2,$C$2:$C$13,1,FALSE)),”Yes”,””), and then drag this cell’s AutoFill Handle to the cell B15.