Compare Two Columns and Highlight Matches

- Select the entire data set.
- Click the Home tab.
- In the Styles group, click on the 'Conditional Formatting' option.
- Hover the cursor on the Highlight Cell Rules option.
- Click on Duplicate Values.
- In the Duplicate Values dialog box, make sure 'Duplicate' is selected.

Microsoft® Excel® provides an easy way to find similar values between multiple lists using the Exact function in Excel.

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Then select the Formulas tab, and select Text.

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Then select the Formulas tab, and select Text.

- Select Exact.
- Ensure the cursor is in the first text box (Text1) and select cell A2.
- Then click in the second text box (Text2) and select cell C2.

Compare 2 Excel workbooks

- Open the workbooks you want to compare.
- Go to the View tab, Window group, and click the View Side by Side button. That's it!

Compare Two Lists in Excel

- Method 1: Compare Two Lists Using Equal Sign Operator.
- Method 2: Match Data by Using Row Difference Technique.
- Method 3: Match Row Difference by Using IF Condition.
- Method 4: Match Data Even If There is a Row Difference.
- Method 5: Highlight All the Matching Data using Conditional Formatting.

There is a function called Exact in Excel, you can apply it to find the cells if exactly match at a glance.

- Select a blank cell next to the data, and then click Formula > Text > EXACT.
- Then in the Popped out dialog, select the cells you want to find if exactly match into Text1 and Text2 text boxes.

How to compare 2 columns in Excel row-by-row

- To compare two columns in Excel row-by-row, write a usual IF formula that compares the first two cells. ...
- The result may look similar to this:
- =IF(EXACT(A2, B2), "Match", "")
- =IF(AND(A2=B2, A2=C2), "Full match", "")
- =IF(OR(A2=B2, B2=C2, A2=C2), "Match", "")

Follow these steps:

- Type “=MATCH(” and link to the cell containing “Height”… the criteria we want to look up.
- Select all the cells across the top row of the table.
- Type zero “0” for an exact match.
- The result is that Height is in column “2.”

To lookup multiple matches with the VLOOKUP Function you need to create a helper column within the table of data. The helper column uses the COUNTIF Function to create a unique ID for each instance. The helper column must be the leftmost column within the data set.

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