Using IF to find a value in a list

beckery1

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I am trying to use the IF command to return a certain response if the value is contained in a list. For example if I have a list containing the numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4 and then I have a cell with a "5" in it. I want to create a formula that says look at the cell containing the 5 and if it is in my list return a "1" or else return a "0". I have tried many different approaches but have not been successful. Any ideas? Thanks.
 

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beckery1

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If the test value is in A1 and the list in A2:A5, I would type in B1 the following:

=IF(A1=A2:A5,"1","0")

I have tried the above formula with hitting CNTRL+SHFT+ENTR to make it an array formula but the formula then only work for the first value in the list. It is not recognizing any of the other values.
 

Scott Huish

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If you don't actually want to return a text 0 or 1, but the actual numbers 0 and 1, try this:

=--(ISNUMBER(MATCH(A1,A2:A5,0)))
 

beckery1

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OK that worked, but what if I want it to return text? Thanks.
 

Scott Huish

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=IF(ISNUMBER(MATCH(A1,A2:A5,0)),"1","0")
 

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