You can use the following basic syntax to check if a value in a cell exists in a list in Excel and return either “Yes” or “No” as a result:

=IF(COUNTIF($A$2:$A$14, D2)>0,"Yes","No")

This particular formula checks if the value in cell **D2** exists in the range **A2:A14**.

If the value does exist in the range, then the formula returns “Yes” as a result.

Otherwise, the formula returns “No” as a result.

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

**Example: Search for Value in List and Return Yes or No in Excel**

Suppose we have the following two lists of basketball players in Excel:

Suppose we would like to determine whether or not each player in List B exists in List A.

To do so, we can type the following formula into cell **E2**:

=IF(COUNTIF($A$2:$A$14, D2)>0,"Yes","No")

We can then click and drag this formula down to each remaining cell in column E:

The formula returns either “Yes” or “No” for each player in List B.

For example, we can see:

**Harry**does exist in List A.**Mark**does not exist in List A.**Chad**does exist in List A.**John**does exist in List A.

And so on.

**Note**: If you’d like to return values other than “Yes” and “No”, simply replace these values in the formula with whatever values you’d like.

**Additional Resources**

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

Excel: How to Write a Case Statement

Excel: How to Find Unique Values from Multiple Columns

Excel: How to Match Two Columns and Return a Third