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I have two columns of addresses. I need to know what

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Hello. I have two columns of addresses. I need to know what addresses in Column A are NOT in Column B. Can you walk me through it please? Thank you.
JA: What programs and versions are you using?
Customer: Sorry. Excel. Will check version.
JA: What is your ideal outcome? How can we solve this for you?
Customer: Excel 2016. My outcome is to have a list of addresses in Column A that are not in Column B. Thanks.
JA: Anything else you want the programmer to know before I connect you?
Customer: No.
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Programming
Expert:  Jason Jones replied 7 months ago.

I am the person that will be helping you today. May I take a look at the document or an example of it?

Please, be forewarned that the site is not secure:
- Click the following link:
- Upload the file to that website
- Once it is uploaded, the resulting page will display a "File ID" number.
- Please, give me that "File ID Number"
Please, send your reply below in the box. After you type your message, click the Send button.

Thank you,

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I tried to upload it and am getting an error message.We are sorry, but the requested file doesn't exist or has expired and is no longer available.You can return to the download page and try again.Here is an example of Column A and Column B. Very straightforward. Thank you.
***** 104 LINCOLN ***** 104 WHILDIN ***** 104 YALE ***** 105 CORAL ***** 105 HARVARD
Expert:  Jason Jones replied 7 months ago.

In that case, you can upload the file directly to this site. Click the paperclip icon and upload the file.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
there is no paperclip. I clicked on Add Files and hit SEND. Do you have it?
Expert:  Jason Jones replied 7 months ago.

Yes, I have it now. Thank you.

Expert:  Jason Jones replied 7 months ago.

There are some that partly match. How do you wish to deal with those?

For example:

In Column A there is*****/p>

In Column B there is 109 Yale

Would those be considered matching?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
they would be considered a match. Please tell me how to do it. I need to learn this. Thank you.
Expert:  Jason Jones replied 7 months ago.

How much of the text needs to match before it would be considered a match?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Just the address number and street name.
Expert:  Jason Jones replied 7 months ago.

I have run out of ideas.

For this reason, I am opting out of the question and allowing another expert the chance to help.

The next expert will see all that is on this page, so there will be no need to repeat anything.

When another expert picks this up, you will be notified by email.

Thank you for your patience.

- Jason

Expert:  The-PC-Guy replied 7 months ago.

so you want to know which addresses in column B are not contained within column A?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
No. The other way. Which Addresses in Column A are NOT in Column B. Thank you.
Expert:  The-PC-Guy replied 7 months ago.

that is not possible because of the length, you cannot search a longer value in a shorter value

unless we cut out the word ave, or dr, or rd, st, or whatever, as well as any punctuation.

Also there are some cells in both columns that contain multiple numbers or puntuation or streets in the same cell. We cannot use those to get any reliable results.

IF you separated it all out making sure only 1 street / road per cell in each column, it can probably be done.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I already told the previous expert to consider only the NUMBER and the STREET NAME. Ave, etc is not relevant.Does that help?
Expert:  The-PC-Guy replied 7 months ago.

yes, I can eliminate ave, rd from column A with a formula, however there are some examples where it has multiple numbers in the cell I cannot get an accurate result in those cases.

cell, a3, b4, or b13 for example

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
That's fine. I can deal with that. Please describe to me how to do this. I want to learn how for future needs. Thank you.
Expert:  The-PC-Guy replied 7 months ago.

let me see if I can send back an example

Expert:  The-PC-Guy replied 7 months ago.

ok so this file contains 2 columnns E and F

the first column takes the value in column A and deletes the last word following the last space, that being AVE, ST, DR, etc.. it is assumed that the last word in every cell in column A will be one of those values, in the case where you have multiple values in a single cell it will not return the results you want.

the 2nd column determines if that value or part of that value from column A is contained in any of the cells in column B, if it is not it displays a message, you can change that message by changing what is in the quotes in the formula.

Note that you may notice some false positives or some values that are not in the columns that should be, this is because any cell in either column that contains multiple values may cause strange results.

Expert:  The-PC-Guy replied 7 months ago.


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Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Thanks but I need the process you used. What did you do to achieve this result? Please list the steps. Thank you.
Expert:  The-PC-Guy replied 7 months ago.

there weren't really any steps. just 2 formulas as I explained above.

The first formula removes the last word, the 2nd determines if it is in the other column or not.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I don't see the formulas or where you placed them. Thank you.
Expert:  The-PC-Guy replied 7 months ago.

column E and Column F starting on row 2

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I'll look when I get on my desktop but I see no formulas on the spreadsheet. And no instructions.
Expert:  The-PC-Guy replied 7 months ago.

are you looking at the new file I sent you?

Expert:  The-PC-Guy replied 7 months ago.

shal we set up a remote session.

I am not sure why you don't see the formulas, I just double checked the file I sent and they were therer

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
There are no formulas and no instuctions. Please don't try again to upsell me on the remote session. If you have the formula and the instructions, then paste them in an email. I'm not giving good ratings until I get that. That's my bot***** *****ne. Thank you.
Expert:  The-PC-Guy replied 7 months ago.

i don't understand I just checked the file again and the formulas are there. I was only trying to help you because I thought it was something on your computer.

this is formula 1


based on your example sheet, paste this in cell E2.

here is formula 2

=IF(ISNA(VLOOKUP(E2&"*",B:B,1,0)),"Not in B","")

based on your sample file paste this in cell F2

then once those 2 formulas are pasted, you can copy and paste them to all of the other cells in the E and F columns that you need to do this

select cell E2, and copy

then hilight all of the cells in the E column that you want to paste the formula into and paste

do the same thing for the F column.

Expert:  The-PC-Guy replied 7 months ago.

did you get the updated instructions per your request?

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