Comparing data in excel rows is common while doing any data analysis task. In this article, Iâ€™ve explained eight methods to match names in Excel where spelling does differ. You will be able to find out if the same names exist for two different purposes or not.

I used a datasheet to make these methodsâ€™ explanations clearer. I used a dataset of two different banks having ** Name **and

**The same person may have two different accounts in different banks.**

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**8 Methods to Match Names in Excel Where Spelling Differ**

**1. Match Names Where Spelling Differ in the Same Row**

To match spelling different names, you can use the basic **not equal sign â€˜<>â€™**.

- First, select the cell where you want to show the spelling differs names.
- Here, I selected the
**H5**cell to place the result. - Now, you can write the formula in the formula bar or into your selected cell.
- Type the formula
`=B5<>E5`

- Finally press
**ENTER** - If the value of different columns but the same rows differ it will show
**True**otherwise**FalseÂ** - In the
column, it will show*Match Differ***TRUE**as I selected**B5**and**E5**row where name spelling is different

Later, You can use **Fill Handle **to **AutoFit **the formula for the rest of the cells of the column.

**2. Using IF Formula to Match Spelling Differ**

You can use the** IF** function to show the name spelling differences.

- First, select the cell where you want to place your resultant value. I selected the
**H5**cell - After that, you can type the formula in the cell or in the formula bar which one prefers.

- The formula is
`=IF(B5<>E5,"Differ","")`

- Now, press
**ENTER**to run the formula. - It will show the result as
**Differ**when the compared namesâ€™ spelling is different. If spelling matches it will keep the cell empty.

Finally, you can use **Fill Handle **to **AutoFit **the formula for the rest of the cells.

**3. Using IF Formula both Matches and Differences**

In case you want to know both matches and different values you also can use the **IF** function.

To use this formula for both matches and different values, first, select the cell where you want to keep your result.

- I selected the
**H5**cell to apply the formula. - You can use either the cell or the formula bar.

- Then, type the formula
`=IF(B5<>E5,"Differ","Match")`

- Whenever you are done with the typing formula just press
**ENTER**. - It will show the result as either
**Differ**or**Match**.

Now, use the **Fill Handle **to **AutoFit **the formula for the rest of the cells. You will see that the value for matched names will be **Match **where different names will be **Differ**.

This method is similar to the 2nd method, I just added the text **Match** for *if_false_value,* where the names of spelling are not different.

**4. Using COUNTIF to Match Differences**

You can use the **COUNTIF** function to match spelling differ in names. This function searches the match and different values of the two-column. Depending on one column it compares the other column value if the matches or not.

- First, select the cell where you want to apply the
**COUNTIF**formula. I selected cell**H5.**

- Write the Formula
`=IF(COUNTIF($E:$E, $B5)=0, "No match in Wells Fargo", "")`

- Here, I am comparing the name of the
**B5**cell with the names of the**E column**.

- Here, I am comparing the name of the

- After typing the formula press
**ENTER**. - It will show
**No match in Wells Fargo**if the spelling of the name differs with**Bank of America**.

If you want to see the values for the rest of the cells you can use **Fit Handle** to **AutoFit** the formula.

**5. Matching case-sensitive Differences**

Whenever we want the exact matches of names, we can use case_sensitive differences to see the exact name.

To find *case_sensitive differences* we can use the **EXACT **function.

- Select the cell where you want to place your different names. I selected the
**H5**cell.

- Type the Formula
`=IF(EXACT(B5, E5), "Match", "Differ")`

- You can type the formula either in the selected cell or in the formula bar.

- To apply the formula in the selected cell press,
**ENTER**. - Here, you will see the different names and also the matchâ€™s name.

For seeing the result for all the cells use **Fit Handle **to **AutoFit **the formula. It will show only the exact matchâ€™s name as **Match.**

**6. Highlight Differences**

From the ribbon, you can use **Conditional Formatting **to show the spelling differ names highlighted.

For that first, select the cell you want to highlight for the spelling differences in names.

- I selected
**H5 cell**

Now, open the **Home **tab >> Go to **Conditional Formatting **>> Then **Highlight Cells Rule** >> Finally, select **More Rules**.

It will pop up a **dialog box** from there select **Use a formula to determine which cell to format**.

Now type the formula **=B5<>E5. **Then set the **Format**. Finally, click **OK.**

In the selected cell it will show the **Format **I have already chosen for different names.

You can use **AutoFit **formula here also to fit the **Highlighted Rules**.

Here, I used **Blue Accent **for the differ spelling names and **white empty cells** are the matchâ€™s name.

**7. Matching Differences of Two Columns**

Using the **COUNTIF** function in **Conditional Formatting **you can **Highlight the Differences **between the two columns**.**

To use that first, select the cells you want to **Highlight**.

Now open the **Home **tab >> Go to **Conditional Formatting **>> select **Manage Rules.**

After selecting **Manage Rules **it will pop up a **dialog box.Â **Now selectÂ **New RuleÂ **from there and clickÂ **OK.**

Again it will pop up a **dialog box **from there select **Use a formula to determine which cell to format**.

- Then type the formula
`=COUNTIF($E$4:$E$11, $B4)>0`

- After that, set the
**Format**. Finally, click**OK.**

It will pop up another **dialog box**. Now select the formula and click **OK.**

Comparing two columns the cells of the **B **column are Highlighted.

You can apply it for the other column **E **also.

Again open the **Home **tab >> Go to **Conditional Formatting **>> select **Manage Rules.**

It will pop up a **dialog box** from there select **New Rule **then click **OK.**

It will pop up another **dialog box **from there select **Use a formula to determine which cell to format**.

- Then type the formula
`=COUNTIF($B$4:$B$11, $E4)>0`

- After that, set the
**Format**. Finally, click**OK.**

Another **dialog box **will pop up. Now select the formula there and click **OK.**

Just like before comparing two columns, the cells of the **E **column are Highlighted. Now you can see the different names **Highlighted **in both columns.

**8. Using Go To Special**

To use **Go To Special **from the ribbon first select the rows from which you want to determine differences.

Then open the **Home **tab >> Go to **Find & Select **>> select **Go To Special**.

A **dialog box **will pop up. From there select the option **Row Differences**.

Finally, click **OK.**

The names of the first **B **column will be **Highlighted** then I used **Red Color** fill.

**Practice Section**

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**Conclusion**

In this article, I explained 8 methods to match names in Excel where spelling does differ. These different approaches will help you to find names in different spelling. Feel free to comment down below to give any kind of suggestions, ideas, and feedback.