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How to Find Missing Values in a List in Excel (3 Easy Methods)

Today we will learn how to find missing values in a list in excel. We may sometimes find ourselves searching for certain values in a list in our daily life. To tackle those situations, read this article carefully.


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3 Useful Methods to Find Missing Values in a List in Excel

In this section, we will demonstrate 3 effective methods to find missing values in a list in excel. To display the methods, we have created an example where a list of top 10 goal scorers in a tournament is given. And on the right side, there are some names of the players. Now we want to find out if the given names on the right sides are actually on the list of top 10 goal scorers or not.

So let’s begin with our first method.


1. Combine IF and COUNTIF Functions to Find Missing Values

Steps:

Here we have combined the IF and the COUNTIF functions and used the following formula in cell E5.

=IF(COUNTIF(B5:B14,D5),"Yes","Missing")

Combine IF and COUNT Functions to Find Missing Values

Where,

  • B5:B14 is the cell range of the list where the name will be searched.
  • D5 is the name of the player to be searched.
  • “Yes” is the result shown when the player is found in the list.
  • “No” is the result shown when the player is not found in the list.

To use the same formula for cells from E6 to E9, use the following steps.

  • Bring your mouse cursor to B5 in the formula bar and click the f4 You will see that the dollar sign “$” has appeared before B and 5.

Combine IF and COUNT Functions to Find Missing Values

  • Now do the same thing for B14. As a result, you should get the same result as this below.

  • Now bring your mouse cursor to the bottom right corner of cell E5. You should notice a sign like “+”.

Combine IF and COUNT Functions to Find Missing Values

  • Now drag it down to E9. You should get the results like this.

Combine IF and COUNT Functions to Find Missing Values

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2. Merge IF, ISNA, and MATCH Functions to Find Missing Values

Steps:

  • In this method, we will use the MATCH and the ISNA functions along with the IF The formula is below:

=IF(ISNA(MATCH(D5,B5:B14,0)),”Missing”,”Yes”)

=IF(ISNA(MATCH(D5,B5:B14,0)),"Missing","Yes")

Here,

  • D5 is the player to be searched in the list.
  • B5:B14 is the range of the list.
  • 0 is for Exact matching.
  • “Missing” will be the result if the condition is true.
  • “Yes” will be the result if the condition is false.

Merge IF, ISNA, and MATCH Functions to Find Missing Values

  • Now, following the method described in method 1, you can apply the similar formula for other cells and get the same result.

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3. Combine IF, ISNA, and VLOOKUP Functions to Find Missing Values

Steps:

=IF(ISNA(VLOOKUP(D9,B5:B14,1,0)),"Missing","Yes")

Where

  • D5 is the player to be searched in the list.
  • B5:B14 is the range of the list.
  • 1 is the column number in the array(range) where the player will be searched.
  • 0 is for Exact matching.
  • “Missing” will be the result if the condition is true.
  • “Yes” will be the result if the condition is false.

The result will be similar to the previous one.

Combine IF, ISNA, and VLOOKUP Functions to Find Missing Values

  • Now apply the formula to the cells below, and you will get the result like this.

Combine IF, ISNA, and VLOOKUP Functions to Find Missing Values

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Things to Remember

  • Use the 1st method for simplicity.
  • Use the 2nd and 3rd methods if you want to apply more advanced excel functions

Conclusion

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Aniruddah Alam

Aniruddah Alam

Hi, I am Md. Aniruddah Alam from Dhaka, Bangladesh. I completed my Bachelor's degree in Naval Architecture from BUET. I love to read books, listen to podcasts, and explore new things. Currently, I am working as an Excel and VBA Content Developer. Here, I always try to present solutions to Excel-related problems in a very concise and easy-to-understand manner.

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