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I'm trying to create a sheet where Sheet1 is a dump of data and Sheet2 contains:

  • A date range
  • A list of items
  • True/False checkboxes for each item

I pretty much immediately wrote off the checkboxes as helper cells and created a hidden query to dump everything that was marked true in what I'm going to call Range_Items (Though I'm really just referencing the cells they were dumped in).

I haven't tried limiting the final query against the date range yet, because I'm having trouble making it pull from Sheet1 against the Range_Items list. So I tried paring it down to a simpler formula for concept and still can't seem to figure out why it won't pull anything. This is the simplest iteration I can think of:

=Query('Transaction Dump'!$A:$J,"select B,C,E,F,G,I where C = 'Expense'")

But when I try C = Or('Expense', 'Transfer') using cell reference or lack of single quotes, I get hit with errors.

I'm sure the problem is the syntax, but I really can't tell what's stopping it.

Some other attempts I've tried include:

  • Simply referencing the cell range in the OR function
  • Nesting another query into the query
  • =TEXTJOIN(",C =",True,$O$41:$O$57) where I then prefix that statement with =arrayformula("C = " & $C$59) since the first list item would not have the C = operator and stick that into the Query's Or function.

I've tried a billion combinations of single, double, and & insertions. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

1 Answer 1

  • try it like this and if you will need in future the and you just replace the or:
    =QUERY('Transaction Dump'!$A:$J, 
     "select B,C,E,F,G,I 
      where C = 'Expense'
         or C = 'Transfer'", 0)
  • also you may change = to matches or contains


cell B59:

="contains '"&TEXTJOIN("' or Col3 contains '", 1, $O$41:$O$57)&"'"

cell Y3:

=QUERY({'Transaction Dump'!$A7:$J}, 
 "select Col2,Col3,Col5,Col6,Col7,Col9 where Col3 "&C59, 0)


  • Changing = to matches and swapping and for or seems to be doing the trick for manual insertion. But I'm still trying to reach the goal of it pulling it from that Range_List of items as I'll be checking them on or off whether I need that data at the moment. I thought if I populated a cell with a string of C matches ___ then I could just insert that cell reference into the query, but that doesn't seem to work. Also, I may not know the proper way to reference a cell in a Query function. I'm inserting it 'C60'. May 15, 2019 at 14:13
  • that won't do coz QUERY is not able to work with arrays/ranges mentioned as comparison params
    – user0
    May 15, 2019 at 14:19
  • What would you suggest as an alternative? I was tooling around with the filter function, but that doesn't seem to be working as intended either. Seems like it needs a very finite range, because attempting an entire column gives me a "mismatched range" error. May 15, 2019 at 17:45
  • can you share a copy of your sheet?
    – user0
    May 15, 2019 at 18:11
  • Sure, here's a link of a copy: docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/… The data segregation sheet was a totally unnecessary step I took that is not utilized. I'm just leaving it there in case I do think of a way to use it in that format. May 15, 2019 at 18:16

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