# Phone number stored in 3 columns, 1 row

#### LaughingBear

##### New Member
We have a DO NOT CALL list - where each phone number is stored in a separate row in 3 columns. Example phone number 303-408-5566 would be stored in 1 row Column 1 303, Column 2 408, Column 3 5566. I need to be able to look up a phone number to see if it is on the DO NOT CALL list. The find feature only works on one Column and its only a combination of the 3 columns that makes a unique result. So far I have been using the "find" feature and the 3rd column and four numbers - example "find" 5566 the problem is I still get all numbers for every area code and pefix that meet that criteris. I want to be able to look up the full phone number across 3 columns of data per row

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#### Jonmo1

##### MrExcel MVP
Welcome to the board...

Create a 3rd column that combines the 3 into 1.

Something like

=A1&B1&C1

#### LaughingBear

##### New Member
Welcome to the board...

Create a 3rd column that combines the 3 into 1.

Something like

=A1&B1&C1

Yeah but don't you need to do that for each row? I tried this solution and could not get it to apply to multiple rows without coding for each row. I have over 20 full pages of phone numbers (tens of thousands) that I need to deal with. I would have to code this formula for each row in the data set?

#### Jonmo1

##### MrExcel MVP
you can enter it into multiple cells at the same time.

Highlight the ENTIRE range where you want this formula entered.
Type the formula relative to the FIRST row of the range you highlighted - DO NOT press Enter
Press CTRL + ENTER

#### LaughingBear

##### New Member
Answering via phone on way to work - will try when I get there - thanks!

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