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I have the following query:

=QUERY('Data'!A2:F,"SELECT A, B, F WHERE C=''")

In column E I also have strings which correspond to last names. I want to select all rows where the string in E has more than one char. I've tried using the MATCH and LIKE operators but haven't managed to get it to work. One solution I actively avoided was using an extra column with the LEN function and select based on the values there. I would like the logic to be contained in the query as much as possible.

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So you can use the like operator with query like this:

=QUERY(Data!A2:F,"SELECT A, B, F WHERE C='' and E like '__%'")

basically _ means any one character, and % means 0 or more characters - so by using 2 instances of _ before using % it requires there be at least more than one characters, while also allowing it the flexibility of using a wildcard.

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  • That's it! I was trying just with =QUERY(Data!A2:F,"SELECT A, B, F WHERE C='' and E like '__'") and it wasn't working, now I understand why. Thanks! – tiredoak Dec 11 '16 at 11:35

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