In this article, we will discuss methods to generate** list** based on criteria in Excel. This will allow users to get the list of data from a dataset according to their requirements. Excel does not offer any direct method to generate such **list**. We will combine multiple functions in order to do generate the **list**.

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## 5 Ways to Generate List Based on Criteria in Excel

In this article, we will discuss 5 methods to generate **list** based on criteria in Excel. Firstly, we will combine the **INDEX **and **SMALL **functions to do the task. Secondly, we will use **the** **AGGREGATE function** to get the job done. Thirdly, we will use the coombination of the **INDEX, MATCH, **and **COUNTIF **functions. Fourthly, we will use **the FILTER function . **Finally, we will apply **the TEXTJOIN function **to generate **list** based on criteria in Excel. Here we have a dataset of several people from different locations along with their vehicles. Using this data, we will form a **list** based on criteria.

### 1. Using INDEX-SMALL Combination to Generate List

Here we need a list, so our formula should be one that will retrieve the multiple values from the table. For that task, we can use a combination of **INDEX **and **SMALL** functions.Along with these two, we will need a few helper functions, **IF**, **ROW** and **IFERROR**.

**Steps:**

- Firstly, seelct the
**F5**cell and type,

`=IFERROR(INDEX($B$5:$B$12,SMALL(IF($C$5:$C$12=F$4,ROW($B$5:$B$12)),ROW(1:1))-4,1),"")`

- Then, press
**Enter.**

- As a result, we will get the name asscoiated with the region.
- Now, move the cursor to the righ to autofill the values for the rest of the regions.

- After that, lower the cursor from the
**F5**cell to autofill for**New York**region.

- Again, move the cursor to the right to autofill the values for the rest of the regions.

**Formula Breakdown**

**IF($C$5:$C$12=F$4,ROW($B$5:$B$12)):**The**ROW($B$5:$B$12)**returns an array of values of rows,**{5;6;7;8;9;10;11;12}**. Again,**$C$5:$C$12=F$4**expression returns an arry of**TRUE**and**FALSE**the**{TRUE;TRUE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE}**. So, finally the**IF**function returns the values from the**{5;6;7;8;9;10;11;12}**array which matches the**TRUE**values from the**{TRUE;TRUE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE}**array and keeps the rest of the values**FALSE.**- Output :
**{5;6;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE}.**

- Output :
**SMALL({5;6;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE},ROW(1:1)):**It becomes**SMALL({5;6;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE},{1}**). The**SMALL**function returns the 1st smallest value from the**{5;6;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE}**array. So, the output will be**{5}.**- Output:
**{5}.**

- Output:
**INDEX($B$5:$B$12,{5}-4,1):**The**INDEX($B$5:$B$12,{5}-4,1)**becomes**INDEX($B$5:$B$12,1,1).**The**INDEX**function will return the first value in the**$B$5:$B$12**range which is**Mac.**- Output:
**“Mac”**

- Output:
**IFERROR(INDEX($B$5:$B$12,SMALL(IF($C$5:$C$12=F$4,ROW($B$5:$B$12)),ROW(1:1))-4,1),””):**The entire formula becomes**IFERROR(“Mac”,””).**The**IFERROR**function will return**Mac.**- Output:
**Mac**

- Output:

**Read More: How to Make a List within a Cell in Excel (3 Quick Methods)**

### 2. Using AGGREGATE Function to Generate List

Excel provides you a function called **AGGREGATE **that you can use to perform various tasks. Here we can use the function to generate a **list** based on criteria.The **AGGREGATE **function returns an aggregate calculation like AVERAGE, COUNT, MAX, etc. The **AGGREGATE **function does several tasks so numbers of functions are predefined within it.

**Steps:**

- To begin with, choose the
**F5**cell and type,

`=IFERROR(INDEX($B$5:$B$12,AGGREGATE(15,6,IF($C$5:$C$12=F$4,ROW($B$5:$B$12)-4),ROW(1:1)),1),"")`

- Then, hit
**Enter.**

- Conseqeuntly, we will get the name asscoiated with the region.
- Next, slide the cursor to the righ to autofill the values for the remaining regions.

- Then, move the cursor down from the
**F5**cell to autofill for**New York**region.

- Finally, place the cursor to the right to autofill the values for the rest of the regions.

**Formula Breakdown**

**IF($C$5:$C$12=F$4,ROW($B$5:$B$12)-4):**The formula becomes**IF({TRUE;TRUE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE},{5;6;7;8;9;10;11;12}).**After deducting 4 from each values of**{5;6;7;8;9;10;11;12}**the set becomes**{1;2;3;4;5;6;7;8}.**Finally, the**IF**function will return**{1;2;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE}.**- Output:
**{1;2;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE}**

- Output:
**AGGREGATE(15,6,IF($C$5:$C$12=F$4,ROW($B$5:$B$12)-4),ROW(1:1)):**The number**15**in the**AGGREGATE**denotes the**SMALL**function. So the expression becomes**SMALL({1;2;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE},{1}**). And the expression will return**{1}**.- Output:
**{1}**

- Output:
**INDEX($B$5:$B$12,AGGREGATE(15,6,IF($C$5:$C$12=F$4,ROW($B$5:$B$12)-4),ROW(1:1)),1):**It will become**INDEX($B$5:$B$12,{1},1).**The**INDEX**function will return the first value of the**$B$5:$B$12**range which is**Mac.**- Output:
**“Mac”**

- Output:
**IFERROR(INDEX($B$5:$B$12,AGGREGATE(15,6,IF($C$5:$C$12=F$4,ROW($B$5:$B$12)-4),ROW(1:1)),1),””):**Finally, this expression will become**IFERROR(“Mac”,””).**Thus the**IFERROR**function will return**Mac.**- Output:
**Mac**

- Output:

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### 3. Generate Unique List Using INDEX-MATCH-COUNTIF

We can create a unique **list** based on criteria. For that, we can use the combination of **INDEX**, **MATCH**, and **COUNTIF**. **COUNTIF **counts cells in a range that meets a single condition. And **MATCH** locates the position of a lookup value in a range. To more about these functions visit these articles:** ****MATCH, COUNTIF. **

**Steps:**

- To start with, seelct the
**F5**cell and type,

`=IFERROR(INDEX($B$5:$B$12, MATCH(0, IF(F$4=$C$5:$C$12, COUNTIF(F5:F5, $B$5:$B$12), ""), 0)),"")`

- Next, press the
**Enter**button.

- Conseqently , we will find the name asscoiated with the region.
- Then, place the cursor to the righ to autofill the values.

- Thereafter, move the cursor down from the
**F5**cell to autofill for**New York .**

- At last, slide the cursor to the right to autofill the values for the remaining regions.

**Formula Breakdown**

**COUNTIF(F4:F4, $B$5:$B$12):**The expression becomes**{0;0;0;0;0;0;0;0}.**As the**COUNTIF**function can not find any of the values in the**$B$5:$B$12**range from the**F4:F4.**- Output:
**{0;0;0;0;0;0;0;0}**

- Output:
**IF(F$4=$C$5:$C$12, COUNTIF(F4:F4, $B$5:$B$12), “”):**The expression becomes**{0;0;””;””;””;””;””;””}.**As the**F$4=$C$5:$C$12**returns an array like this-**{TRUE;TRUE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE}.**- Output:
**{0;0;””;””;””;””;””;””}.**

- Output:
**MATCH(0, IF(F$4=$C$5:$C$12, COUNTIF(F4:F4, $B$5:$B$12)):**This expression becomes**MATCH(0, {0;0;””;””;””;””;””;””}).**The**MATCH**function matches**0**with the first value of the**{0;0;””;””;””;””;””;””}**set and will return**1.**- Output:
**1**

- Output:
**INDEX($B$5:$B$12, MATCH(0, IF(F$4=$C$5:$C$12, COUNTIF(F4:F4, $B$5:$B$12), “”), 0)):**The expressioin will become**INDEX($B$5:$B$12,1)**. The**INDEX**function will return the first value of the**$B$5:$B$12**range that is**Mac.**- Output:
**“Mac”.**

- Output:
**IFERROR(INDEX($B$5:$B$12, MATCH(0, IF(F$4=$C$5:$C$12, COUNTIF(F4:F4, $B$5:$B$12), “”), 0)),””):**This expression becomes**IFERROR(“Mac”,””).**So, the**IFERROR**function will return**Mac.**- Output:
**Mac**

- Output:

### 4. Using FILTER Function to Generate List Based on Criteria

If you are using Excel 365, then you can perform the task with a single built-in function called **FILTER**. The **FILTER** function filters a range of data based on given criteria and extracts matching records. In this method, we will use this function to generate **list** based on criteria in Excel.

**Steps:**

- At the beginning, choosse the
**F5**cell and enter the following,

`=FILTER($B$5:$B$12,$C$5:$C$12=F$4)`

- Now, hit the
**Enter**button.

- As a result , we will get all the names assigned to that region.
- Then, move the cursor to the righ to autofill the values for the rest of the regions.

### 5. Applying TEXTJOIN Function

In this last method, we will use the **TEXTJOIN **function to generate **list** based on criteria. The **TEXTJOIN **function joins text by using a delimiter. We will take the help of the **IF **function to get the **list** from the dataset using the **TEXTJOIN **function.

**Steps:**

- Firstly, select the
**G5**cell and enter the following,

`=TEXTJOIN(", ",TRUE,IF(F5=$C$5:C12,$B$5:$B$12,""))`

- After that, press
**Enter.**

- As a result, we will get the names for that particular region separated by comma.
- Finally, lower the cursor down to the last cell to aurtofill the values.

**Read More: ****How to Make Alphabetical List in Excel (3 Ways)**

## Conclusion

In this article, we have discussed 5 ways to generate **list** based on criteria in Excel. That’s all for today. We have listed several ways to generate a list based on criteria. Hope you will find this helpful. Feel free to comment if anything seems difficult to comprehend. Let us know any other methods that we have missed here.

Not a single one of these formulas work. I have used them all in the practice workbook, outlined exactly as you present and none of them work.

Did you download the working file? We use Microsoft 365 for making our Excel tutorials. Please download the workbook and let me know whether the system works or not.

Thanks.

For this formula, =IFERROR(INDEX($B$2:$B$12, MATCH(0, IF(G$2=$C$2:$C$12, COUNTIF($G$2:$G2, $B$2:$B$12), “”), 0)),””) is it possible to create the list based on multiple criteria? Eg, names by region based on Motor Vehicles

Thanks for your query.

Yes, it is possible to apply multiple criteria. Not sure how your data looks, but according to your query, I have tried to reorganize it as follows to categorize names by region based on Vehicle.

=INDEX(B5:B15,MATCH(1,(B18=$D$5:$D$15) * (C18=$C$5:$C$15),0))Is it possible to put all the names in one cell?

I have the use the following formula for this case.

=TEXTJOIN(“, “,TRUE,IF(F5=$C$5:$C$15,$B$5:$B$15,””))Wow. Very handy. And very nicely done! kudos

Thanks for your appreciation. It means a lot.

Can I use this if I want to search row 23 for the value “2” in order to obtain the information from Row 6? I would want it to provide a list just as it is above too so no repeat values.

How do you modify the formula if your ranges does not start on row 1?

For example your data start at row 6. Then none of the formulas is working properly.

Unfortunately for some strange reasons, the formulas with the INDEX function don’t behave properly while starting from any other row but row 1. But luckily you have some other alternatives like the FILTER function in case your dataset start from row6

Can you modify the formula for a row search. The value I am searching for is “2” in row 23. The value I want returned is in Row 6. I would want it to create a list just as displayed above each time a 2 is found in row 23 of the values in row 6. Is this possible?

You can apply the INDEX – MATCH functions combination to find out whether the value is matching with “2 ” or not in row 23 and then, use the INDIRECT function to retrieve the matched value with the value in row 6.

Hi,

When I reference criteria from another worksheet, it generates an error – any thoughts?

Hi

RAV,It would be great if you share your Excel workbook. Because this formula works fine with criteria from other worksheets in our workbook.

See the screenshot below.

In

Sheet3, we inserted the formula and gave all the arguments fromSheet2.`=IFERROR(INDEX('INDEX - SMALL Formula'!$B$2:$B$12,SMALL(IF('INDEX - SMALL Formula'!$C$2:$C$12=G$4,ROW('INDEX - SMALL Formula'!$B$2:$B$12)-1),ROW('INDEX - SMALL Formula'!1:1)),1),"")`

And, it’s working without any errors. So, there must be another problem with your workbook. So, please share it with us thus we can solve your issue.

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