Find value in cell from list of values (does cell contain anything in this list) – Google Docs

One of the most useful formulas for me was being able to find if a cell contained a value from a list of items, this excellent Excel formula was exactly what I needed.

The formula: =SUMPRODUCT(–ISNUMBER(SEARCH(things,A1)))>0 also works in Google docs, provided that you created a named range.

Here is the spreadsheet for you to look at:

Feel free to poke around the spreadsheet too! 

Important note: I also included an example of where my named range contained a blank cell, don’t do this – if you do this, the entire formula falls apart and you’ll get bad values.

To create a named range in Google docs, simply highlight your cells and click on the Data menu bar and select Named Ranges:

named range google docs sheets

Then name it appropriately:


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