I have two sheets. Sheet one has a list of events in column N: "IEM Katowice", and others. However, our system imports event names that are longer than 30 letters (including spaces) with a .. at the end (e.g. CEVO Gfinity Professional Seas..).

Sheet two contains two columns, A which has the full name for all Online events and B which has the full name for all LAN events. For example, "IEM Katowice" would be in column B, while "CEVO Gfinity Professional Season 9" would be in column A.

I am trying to make column U of sheet one find the partial match for column E (the event) to any event in column A and B. Based on which column it finds the partial match in it would then say LAN or Online in the cell in column U.

I have been playing with MATCH formulas and others such as:

  • And the question is…?
    – Alex
    Mar 6 '16 at 6:28
  • Hi Bimantree, why don't you prepare an example sheet for us to work with? Mar 6 '16 at 7:17

You want to test the equality of the first 30 characters of each string. The command left can be used for this:

=arrayformula(if(iserror(vlookup(left(N:N, 30), left(Format!B:B,30), 1, False)), "that", "this"))

The formula returns "this" if there is a match in column B, and "that" otherwise.

  • Thanks for the help. This looks like exactly the formula I want. I am torubleshooting it now, as it returns: ERROR: Array result was not expanded because it would overwrite data in "next row down"
    – Bigmantree
    Mar 6 '16 at 6:57
  • So, you should make sure there is nothing in the cells below the one with the formula.
    – user79865
    Mar 6 '16 at 7:22
  • Yup, the entire column is blank. I only changed where it is pulling from (moved things on the second sheet to column D. I'm currently having no luck figuring out the issue. Formula I am using is =arrayformula(if(iserror(vlookup(left(N:N, 30), left(Format!D:D,30), 1, False)), "that", "this")) I will change that and this to its respective LAN or Online once I know the formula is working. Will keep plugging at it, thanks for all thew help Sally :)
    – Bigmantree
    Mar 6 '16 at 10:40
  • Are you entering the formula in the 1st row of the sheet? (If not, it won't have enough room to expand). What exactly does the error message say?
    – user79865
    Mar 6 '16 at 16:22
  • Hey Sally. Thanks a ton for the help. I was indeed not entering the formula in the first row but attempting to drag the formula through all rows, quite silly of me. It is working perfectly now. Thanks a ton for all the help, it is really appreciated!
    – Bigmantree
    Mar 6 '16 at 17:11

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