where "data" (B5:D15), "color" (C5:C15), and "list" (J5:J7) are named ranges.
How this formula works
The FILTER function can filter data using a logical expression provided as the "include" argument. In this example, this argument is created with an expression that uses the ISNUMBER and MATCH functions like this:
MATCH is configured to look for each color in C5:C15 inside the smaller range J5:J7. The MATCH function returns an array like this:
Notice numbers correspond to the position of "found" colors (either "red", "blue", or "black"), and errors correspond to rows where a target color was not found. To force a result of TRUE or FALSE, this array goes into the ISNUMBER function, which returns:
The array above is delivered to the FLITER function as the include argument, and FILTER returns only rows that correspond to a TRUE value.
With hardcoded values
The example above is created with cell references, where target colors entered in the range J5:J7. However, but using an array constant, you can hardcode values into the formula like this with the same result:
Note: This function is a new "Dynamic Array Function" in Excel. It is a beta feature available only through the Office Insiders program. Dynamic Array functions are expected to be released in 2019 to Office 365 subscribers.
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