# Excel – Check if item exists in another column

The other day I had to create a “diff” between two lists in excel. More exactly, I had to verify which emails were missing between two lists of emails.

## Solutions

I could find two solutions to this problem, which are listed below. For both, I’ll assume that columns **A** and **B** contain the two lists and the formula is placed in column **C**.

### Nice way

A more dedicated way is to take the element in **B** and check it against column **A** via a lookup. A formula like:

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=IF(LOOKUP(B1,A:A)=B2, "OK", "") |

will give “**OK**” if there’s a match.

This solution does not require that lists are ordered.

### Quicker solution

An alternative solution is with a dedicated `MATCH()`

function:

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=MATCH(B1,A:A,0) |

This will give the row number if there’s a match and a **N/A** if there isn’t.

This solution needs the columns to be ordered.

HTH,

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