# Obtaining Most Common Word in a Column

#### almaba

##### New Member
Hi there everyone,

First to mention, my knowledge and skills on Excel are really poor and going through some practice/research I got to a point I can't figure out a solution for this issue.

So, I need to basically get what the most common word between some cells. I've checked many solutions and found out a way to get it done if all of those cells are filled out with something. Although, once I'm trying to use this kind of formulas for some documents at work where there are some blanks, the formulas just don't work.

An example of this would be:

 Blue Red Blue

<tbody>
</tbody>

So, the result I'm looking for with the formula would be "Blue", but due to those blank spaces, there is nothing showing up on the result of the formula. Because of this having some applications at work as I mentioned, there are times when blank spaces are inevitable (but not useful as a final result).

Can someone get me any help with this, please?
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#### Glove_Man

##### Well-known Member
If your data is in column A, you can easily use

=COUNTIF(\$A\$2:\$A\$11,A2)

Then use MAX() and INDEX(MATCH()) to find the actual value

#### lrobbo314

##### Well-known Member
Try this formula.

Code:
``=INDEX(A1:A5,MODE(IF(A1:A5<>"",MATCH(A1:A5,A1:A5,0))))``

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