Is there a "contains" lookup formula?

thomasbeard

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Hi, can someone tell me if there is a formula I can use to identify cells with a common feature.
For example if I have the following cell entries:

a
ab
abc
bc
bb

Is there a formula along the lines of <if A1 contains "a" then "x" otherwise "y"> and the first 3 cells will come up with "x". Thanks

Tom
 

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Joe4

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I think you need to be more specific as to what you mean by a common feature. Anything programmed needs to follow tangible rules, so those rules will need to be clearly defined.
 

erik.van.geit

MrExcel MVP
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Hi,

if the definition is "contains" you might try SEARCH
  A    B        
1 data contains 
2 a             
3 ab   x        
4 abc  x        
5 bc            
6 bb            

Blad1

[Table-It] version 06 by Erik Van Geit
Code:
RANGE FORMULA (1st cell)
B2:B6 =IF(ISERROR(SEARCH(A1,A2)),"","x")

[Table-It] version 06 by Erik Van Geit
kind regards,
Erik
 

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