I want to check if the value of a cell exists in a range of cells. How can I do this?

Just like you would be able to do "if value in list_of_values" in Python for example.


Please try:


if you want to find the number 6 in ColumnG:G and/or


if you want to find d in the first seven rows of the first two columns.

By find I really mean count the number of instances in the chosen range.

Ref: Documentation for countif

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    The answer from @Peter Smulders should be marked as the accepted answer because You should never use countif function – transang Oct 6 '19 at 12:53
  • @transang as author (I believe you) wrote in the linked article: "never use countif when the criterion parameter (the second parameter) is dynamic". Emphasis on dynamic. The OP asks for a static one. – meridius Jan 20 at 21:27
  • @meridius Yes. I am the author of the linked article. The OP does not mention whether the value is static or dynamic. I want to check if **the value** of a cell exists in a range of cells – transang Jan 21 at 6:02
  • @transang sorry, I got what OP asked and what pnuts suggested mixed up. This answer is for static case, in a dynamic one you're of course right. – meridius Jan 21 at 10:04
  • =COUNTIF(H85:H90; "Pending") Some locales require the use of a semi-colon as an argument separator. support.google.com/docs/thread/18510720?hl=en – null1941 Mar 22 at 17:26

You could try MATCH:

A1     = [Value you are trying to find]
B1:B10 = [Range you are searching in]

=IF(ISERROR(MATCH(A1;B1:B10;0));"Not found";"Found")

You can replace the A1 with formulas that return a value to search for. The 0 ensures actual search, not presupposing an ordered search range.

Ref: Documentation for MATCH

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  • The 0 is super helpful, much easier than having to worry about how the second sheet is sorted. – CWSites Nov 25 at 1:54

User can do that in different ways (any of the following may apply):

=IFERROR(IF(UNIQUE(FILTER(B2:B,B2:B="text"))="text";"Found";"Not Found");"Not Found")

=IFERROR(IF(COUNTIF(ARRAYFORMULA(range="text"),TRUE)>0;"Found";"Not Found");"Not Found")

=IFERROR(IF(COUNTIF(ARRAYFORMULA(FIND("text", FILTER(range,range<>""))),">"&0)>0;"Found";"Not Found");"Not Found")

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  • Thanks. How can I do something similar without exact match but rather by checking if "text" is contained as part of a string in any of the cells of the B2:B range? – Giacomo Feb 12 '19 at 16:11

Use GoogleSpreadsheet and there


and then connect document via API.

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    Can anyone explain why this is "-3" ? – meeDamian Mar 12 '14 at 16:34
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    @meeDamian because if the value is not found it will raise an error – Enrico Jan 25 '18 at 15:50

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