In this tutorial, I am going to show you **8 **quick tricks to use **VLOOKUP **to find **duplicates **in two columns. You can quickly use these methods even in large datasets to find duplicate data values. Throughout this tutorial, you will also learn some important excel tools and functions which will be very useful in any excel related task.

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## 8 Quick Tricks to Use VLOOKUP to Find Duplicates in Two Columns

We have taken a concise dataset to explain the steps clearly. The dataset has approximately **6 **rows and **3 **columns. Initially, we are keeping all the cells in **General **format. For all the datasets, we have **3 **unique columns which are **Company 1, Company 2,** and** Duplicates**. Although we may vary the number of columns later on if that is needed.

### 1. Using VLOOKUP With #N/A Error to Find Duplicates

**The VLOOKUP function** in **Excel** gives us the option to look up vertically in a data table. In this first method, we will use this function only to find **duplicates **in two columns.

**Steps:**

- First, go to cell
**D5**and insert the following formula:

`=VLOOKUP($B$5:$B$10,$C$5:$C$10,TRUE,FALSE)`

Here, the formula is looking for the values of the **Company 2** column in the **Company 1** column. **FALSE** means we do not need range lookup.

- Now, press
**Enter**and this will display the**duplicate**data in column**D**with a**#N/A**error when no match exists.

So this was the first method to achieve what we were looking for.

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### 2. Utilizing VLOOKUP With IFERROR To Find Duplicates in Two Columns

**The IFERROR function** in excel allows us to show a custom result whenever there is an error. We will use this function with the **VLOOKUP **function to find **duplicates **in two columns of data.

**Steps:**

- To begin with, double-click on cell
**D5**and enter the below formula:

`=IFERROR(VLOOKUP($B$5:$B$10,$C$5:$C$10,TRUE,FALSE),"")`

Here, **VLOOKUP($B$5:$B$10,$C$5:$C$10,TRUE,FALSE)** gives the value as **Bill**. If it returns any error then we get an empty string.

- Next, press the
**Enter**key and you should get the common names from the two companies with empty spaces for no match case.

In this way, you can quickly look for **duplicate **values in any dataset.

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### 3. Using VLOOKUP and IFNA Functions

**The IFNA function** in excel can spot a **#N/A** error and give a particular result in that case. Let us see how to use **VLOOKUP **to find **duplicates **in two columns with this function.

**Steps:**

- To begin this method, double-click on cell
**D5**and insert the formula below:

`=IFNA(VLOOKUP($B$5:$B$10,$C$5:$C$10,TRUE,FALSE),"")`

In this formula, if the **VLOOKUP **formula gives any **#N/A** error, then we get an empty string. Otherwise, we get the value.

- Next, press the
**Enter**key and consequently, this will find the**duplicate**employee names within the two companies as in the image below.

As you can see, the **IFNA **function gives an easy option to find **duplicates**.

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### 4. Find Duplicates by VLOOKUP and ISERROR Functions

**The ISERROR function** in Excel checks for any sort of error inside a cell. We can perform **VLOOKUP **to find **duplicates **in two columns with the help of this function.

**Steps:**

- To start this method, navigate to cell
**D5**and type in the following formula:

`=IF(ISERROR(VLOOKUP($B$5:$B$10,$C$5:$C$10,TRUE,FALSE)),"","Duplicate")`

Here, if there is an error, we get an empty string and for other cases, we get the value as duplicate.

- After that, press the
**Enter**key or click on any blank cell. - Immediately, this will give you the word
**Duplicate**for the values that exist in both companies.

So this is how we can use this function with **VLOOKUP**.

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### 5. Applying VLOOKUP With ISNA Function

**The ISNA function** also tests a cell value but only for a **#N/A** error. In the below steps, we will see how to easily apply this function with **VLOOKUP **to find **duplicates **in two columns.

**Steps:**

- As previously, insert the below formula inside cell
**D5**:

`=IF(ISNA(VLOOKUP($B$5:$B$10,$C$5:$C$10,TRUE,FALSE)),"","Duplicate")`

Here, the **ISNA **function gives a **TRUE **value for which we get an empty string.

- Finally, press the
**Enter**key and we should get the**Duplicate**indicator after the formula has performed the**VLOOKUP**operation.

The above method is actually very effective in finding duplicate names within the dataset.

### 6. Matching Duplicates Values Using IF and MATCH Functions

In this simple method, we will learn to use the **IF **and **MATCH **functions to do VLOOKUP to find **duplicates **in two columns.

**Steps:**

- First, go to cell
**D5**and insert the following formula:

`=IF(MATCH(B5,$C$5:$C$10,0)>0,B5,"")`

Here, the **MATCH **function returns **2 **which is greater than **0**. So we get the value of cell **B5**.

- Next, press
**Enter**and immediately this will look for the**duplicate**employee names within the two columns and give a**#N/A**error where it finds no**duplicates**.

So try this **MATCH **function to quickly catch **duplicates **in your data.

### 7. Using ISNUMBER and MATCH Functions

**The ISNUMBER function** in excel mainly checks whether a cell contains a numeric value. We will use this function in **VLOOKUP **to find **duplicates **in two columns.

**Steps:**

- At first, navigate to cell
**D5**and type in the formula below:

`=IF(ISNUMBER(MATCH(B5,$C$5:$C$10,0)),"Duplicate","Unique")`

Here, the **MATCH **function returns a number so the **IF **function gives the value as **Duplicate**.

- After that, press the
**Enter**key as before and this will give either a**Duplicate**or**Unique**value indicator for all the data values in**Company 1**as in the image below.

As we see, you can quickly find copy values using the **ISNUMBER **function.

### 8. Finding Duplicates in Different Sheets

For this last method, we will see a unique case where we might need to find **duplicates **in two columns using **VLOOKUP**.

**Steps:**

- To begin with this method, navigate to cell
**D5**and insert the following formula:

`=IF(ISNA(VLOOKUP('List 1'!$B$5:$B$10,$B$5:$B$10,TRUE,FALSE)),"","Duplicate")`

Here, the formula is referencing the sheet **List 1** and if there is a **#N/A** error, we get an empty string as before.

- After that, just press the
**Enter**key to confirm or click on any empty cell and this should mark the**duplicate**values in column**C**.

In this way, you can find **duplicate **cell values from multiple sheets.

## Conclusion

I hope that you were able to apply the methods that I showed in this tutorial on how to use **VLOOKUP **to find duplicates in two columns. As you can see, there are quite a few ways to achieve this. So wisely choose the method that suits your situation best. If you get stuck in any of the steps, I recommend going through them a few times to clear up any confusion. Lastly, to learn more **excel** techniques, follow our **ExcelDemy** website. If you have any queries, please let me know in the comments.

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