We constantly receive offers from suppliers and requests from customers. The problem is that customers and suppliers usually have several different identifiers for the same product. Like this:

customer requests enter image description here

supplier offers enter image description here

In order see the matches between the offers and requests, I need to create a sheet with the unique products with the Product Name and Main ID we want to use. Next to the Main IDs, I need to enter all the alternative IDs that I met in offers and requests. Something like this:

product_data enter image description here

My question is what is the best formula to make google sheet look for the IDs in offers/requests from column C to column I of product_data sheet (from ALT ID 1 to ALT ID 7 )and based on that, return the MAIN ID of the product in offers/request? like this: enter image description here

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    Welcome to Web Applications Stack Exchange. You might find this easy to handle with vlookup() if you changed your "wide" product_data table to a "tall" table where the alt IDs are all in column A and the relevant main ID is in column B, repeated on multiple rows as necessary. Jun 18, 2022 at 3:58

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Try this:

                ) & " = " &
                ) & A2 &
                ) & " OR "
        "OR $",


Alright the REGEXREPLACE thing first. We are basically first generating the WHERE clause for the QUERY function there. we take the array which just has B through I then append to each = "ID" OR. The ID part we get from the A column. We then use REGEXREPLACE to remove the redundant "OR" at the end.

We move now to the main QUERY function. We select the data only (A2:I3 not A1:I3). This is to make sure that the header doesn't show up. Next we select B since it contains the Main ID we want to return. We then append the string and done.

  • Dear David, thank you for your reply! Unfortunately something is still missing from the formula Jun 19, 2022 at 17:12
  • Dear David, thank you for your reply! Unfortunately something is still missing from the formula, the following #VALUE error occurs: "Unable to parse query string for Function QUERY parameter 2: PARSE_ERROR: Encountered "<ID "WHEREB" at line 1, column 10. Was expecting one of: <EOF> "where" ... "group" ... "pivot" ... "order" ... "skipping" ... "limit" ... "offset" ... "label"... "format"... "options" "," ... "*" ... "+" ... "-" ... "/" ... "%" ... "+" ... "-" ... Can you please help me with what else to add to the query? Jun 19, 2022 at 17:24
  • the error is saying that there is WHEREB somewhere in the function, though that seems strange since there is a space in the string. If you are able to provide a copy of your gsheet, that would help immensely. @TamásHéjja
    – David Tan
    Jun 20, 2022 at 0:30

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