Find duplicate values in two columns in Excel
This tutorial shows how to Find duplicate values in two columns in Excel using the example below;
To highlight duplicate values in two or more columns, you can use conditional formatting with on a formula based on the COUNTIF and AND functions.
In the example shown, the formula used to highlight duplicate values is:
Both ranges were selected at the same when the rule was created.
How this formula works
This formula uses two named ranges, “range1” (B5:B12) and “range2” (D5:D10).
The core of this formula is the COUNTIF function, which returns a count of each value in both range inside the AND function:
COUNTIF(range1,B5) // count in range1 COUNTIF(range2,B5) // count in range2
COUNTIF will either return zero (evaluated as FALSE) or a positive number (evaluated as TRUE) for each value in both ranges.
If both counts are positive (i.e. non-zero), the AND function will return TRUE and trigger the conditional format.