In this article, we will learn How to compare two lists in Excel.
Color duplicate values in two lists in Excel
Given two different lists in Excel and we need to find items in one list which have its duplicate in another list. For example finding the employees who work in multiple departments. Excel Compare two columns and highlight duplicates values in given two lists.
Conditional formatting in Excel
Conditional formatting option allows you to highlight cells based on some given situation. Here we have to find duplicates in two lists. We have an option to highlight duplicate or unique values in Excel. Just follow the steps to solve the problem.
All of these might be confusing to understand. Let's understand how to use the function using an example. Here we have two lists of products to buy. But we don't need to buy duplicate entries of products which are in the other list. So the conditional formatting option enable excel to highlight cells with duplicate values in other list.
Follow the steps as explained below
Select the both lists using select and drag from mouse or using keyboard shortcut.
Go to Conditional formatting > Highlight cell rules > Duplicate values...
Duplicate Values dialog box appears. Select the duplicate option from the drop down list and highlight style from the other drop down list.
As you can see all the products which have some duplicate are highlighted. You can also highlight only unique values in Excel
Highlight unique values in two lists
Just consider it from the same above example. If We need to highlight only the products which have no duplicate in other lists.
Follow the steps as explained below
Select the both lists using select and drag from mouse or using keyboard shortcut. Then Go to Conditional formatting > Highlight cell rules > Duplicate values...
Duplicate Values dialog box appears. Select the unique option from the drop down list and highlight style from the other drop down list.
Press Enter and your unique value cells will be highlighted as shown below.
All the Green Highlighted cells have unique values. You can also clear out these highlighted cells.
Select the cells where need to clear these highlighted coloring. Just go to Conditional formatting > clear rules on Selected cell. That ought to do it
Here are all the observational notes using the conditional formatting in Excel
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