Excel: How to Check if Cell Value Exists in Another Sheet


You can use the following formula to check if a cell value exists in another sheet in Excel:

=NOT(ISERROR(MATCH(A2,Sheet2!$A$2:$A$13,0)))

This particular formula checks if the value in cell A2 of the current sheet exists in the range A2:A13 of Sheet2.

If it does exist, then the formula returns TRUE.

Otherwise, it returns FALSE.

The following example shows how to use this formula in practice.

Example: Check if Cell Value Exists in Another Sheet in Excel

Suppose we have the following sheet named Sheet1 in Excel that contains information about team name and points for various basketball players:

And suppose we have another sheet named Sheet2 that contains information about team name and assists for various basketball players:

Suppose we would like to check if each name in the Team column of Sheet1 exists in the Team column of Sheet2.

To do so, we can type the following formula into cell C2:

=NOT(ISERROR(MATCH(A2,Sheet2!$A$2:$A$13,0)))

We can then drag and fill this formula down to each remaining cell in column C:

Excel check if cell value exists in another sheet

Column C returns either TRUE or FALSE to indicate whether or not the corresponding name in the Team column exists in Sheet2.

For example, we can see:

  • Mavs does not exist in Sheet2, so the formula returns FALSE.
  • Spurs does not exist in Sheet2, so the formula returns FALSE.
  • Rockets does not exist in Sheet2, so the formula returns FALSE.
  • Kings does exist in Sheet2, so the formula returns TRUE.

And so on.

Additional Resources

The following tutorials explain how to perform other common operations in Excel:

How to Check if Range Contains Specific Value in Excel
How to Check if Cell Contains Text from List in Excel
How to Calculate Average If Cell Contains Text in Excel

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