I have 4 game columns that contain the names of the players. I want to list the games of a particular player.

     A.         B.          C.          D
Basketball   Bowling     Billiards   Badminton
----------   -------     ---------   ---------
John         Paul        Mark        Paul
Paul         Robert      James       Chris
Matt         Wesley      Brad        Dexter 

Now I want to create a formula and list all the games Paul played. Appreciate the help in advance.

1 Answer 1


Ok, now this looks good!!! (yet complicated)

  1. create 2 named ranges: 1: lst_hds (range(A1:D1) to contain the game names, 2: lst_db (range(A3:D5)) to contain the players.

  2. still in B10 the name you search for...

  3. now copy-paste: =arrayformula( if(mid( text(sum( ( if( lst_db=$B$10, 10^(column(lst_db)-1),0) ) ),"0000") ,columns(lst_hds)+1-COLUMN(lst_hds),1)="1",lst_hds,"") )

now this is much easier to expand by adjusting the ranges!!! Off-course you can transpose it to get vertical list.

I keep the 1st formula for reference:


hope it helps

EDIT Oct 2021 Just added one even simpler solution (actually two but very similar). Let's see them:

  1. =arrayformula( if( mmult( {1,1,1}, arrayformula( if(A3:D5=$B$10,1,0) ) )=1,A1:D1,""))
    ... or =arrayformula( if( mmult( {1,1,1}, arrayformula( if(lst_db=$B$10,1,0) ) )=1,lst_hds,"")) with our lists! Expand with lists as they grow and Adjust only the {1,1,1} array according to ROWs

  2. using Filter and thus getting only the results (without empty cells in between) =filter(lst_hds, mmult({1,1,1}, ( if(lst_db=$B$10,1,0) ) )=1) again adjust {1,1,1} according to ROWs

  • Hi Apostolos55! Thank you for your reply. For anyone who wants to display the results vertically, add TRANSPOSE at the beginning and open-close the whole formula of Apostolos55. Thanks for the help, again! I appreciate it.
    – Dominic
    Jul 20, 2021 at 5:05

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