Conditional formatting searching a list within another list

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Hi, thanks for helping!


I have two columns that contain three lists. My objective is to use conditional formatting to highlight cells in Column A if they are also listed in Column D. I figured that out by using a conditional formatting formula:



The complication occurs when the individuals cells in Column A will sometimes have *more* alpha-numeric characters than their Column D counterparts. I still need the cells in Column A to highlight.


For example, D4 shows FA666610F8009. I need it to identify duplicates in A3, which shows FA666610F8009, and A5, which shows FA666610F8009RS56.


I have tried diligently to find the right formulaic variation, but I have failed. The below linked excel file is as far as I could get on my own.


Any help would be appreciated.


Thank you!

2 Replies

I'd add a helper column to give the first 13 characters


See attached and let me know what you think



It worked! Thank you Wyn!