I have a column which contains a comma-separated list of numbers: "3, 5, 11"

I need like to have a continuous bunch of cells, each with the value true or false based on whether the corresponding cell value exists in the CSV string. IE cell 1 would check for "1" in the string, cell 2 for "2" in the string etc.

SEARCH() isn't a good solution, because searching for "1" would yield true even if only the value 11 exists (and not 1).

So in a sense, it's about doing a SPLIT, then searching the result of that function.

What would be the formula for that in one of those cells?

  • Welcome. Please read how to and share a test sheet so as you can be easier helped. Jul 14, 2022 at 11:47
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    Welcome! Yes, SPLIT() combined with MATCH() will do the trick: =IF(ISERROR(MATCH(<tested value - your 1 or 2 or 11>,SPLIT(<cell for testing>, ", " , 1,1),0)),FALSE(),TRUE())
    – JohnSUN
    Jul 14, 2022 at 12:55
  • Thanks @JohnSUN ! That solved my issue. If you were to post it as an answer I'd mark it as solved.
    – OpherV
    Jul 18, 2022 at 11:58

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SPLIT() combined with MATCH() will do the trick:

=IF(ISERROR(MATCH(<tested value>,SPLIT(<cell for testing>, ", " , 1,1),0)),FALSE(),TRUE())

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