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Multiple matches in comma separated list

Excel formula: Multiple matches in comma separated list
Generic formula 
{=TEXTJOIN(", ",TRUE,IF(rng1=E5,rng2,""))}

To lookup and retrieve multiple matches in a comma separated list (in a single cell) you can use the IF function with the TEXTJOIN function. In the example shown, the formula in F5 is:

{=TEXTJOIN(", ",TRUE,IF(group=E5,name,""))}

This is an array formula and must be entered with control + shift + enter.

This formula uses the named ranges "name" (B5:B11) and "group" (C5:C11).

TEXTJOIN is available in Excel 365 and Excel 2019.

The core of this formula is the IF function, which "filters" the names in the table by color like this:


The logical test checks each cell in the named range "group" for the color value in E5 (red in this case). The result is an array like this:


That result is used in turn to filter names from the named range "name":


For each TRUE, the name survives, for each FALSE, IF returns an empty string ("").

The result of IF looks is this array:


which goes into the TEXTJOIN function as text1.

TEXTJOIN is configured to use a comma as the delimiter, and to ignore empty values. The final result is this text string:

"Jude, Aya, George"

Line break instead of comma

To join matches with a line break instead of a comma, you can adjust the formula like this:


The CHAR function returns the code used for a line break. You will also need to enable text wrapping.

Multiple conditions

You can't use the AND or OR functions in an array formula like this because they only return a single result. You can use boolean logic like this for AND:

=TEXTJOIN(", ",TRUE,IF((condition1)*(condition2),name,""))

Explained in more detail here.

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