highlight duplicates in sheets with 2 criteria

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I Have a workbook with multiple sheets and I want to highlight the row if the value in column A "Shipment NO" & column E "SKU"  both have been duplicated in other sheets below is what I'm looking for.



Shipment NO.Phone NO.INVOMaterialSKUDescription
H/2020/11/135580150569785103849168828875218245YLTB Frsh BW UT 12X300X2g
H/2020/10/180580150570785103849568828875218250YL(O2) UT 48X200g
H/2020/10/181580150571785103849668829130218250Estb ChargeRoll UT 12X100X2g
H/2020/10/182580150572785103849768828894218250 YLTB Fresh BW UT 24X150X2g
H/2020/10/183580150573785103849868828875218250 YLTP  (O2) UT 48X200g
H/2020/11/140580150574785103849968828884218250 YLTB Frsh BW UT 12X300X2g
H/2020/11/190580150575785103850068828884219955 YLTB Frsh BW UT 12X300X2g
H/2020/11/190580150576785103850168828875218250 YL Catering TB 2 gm
H/2020/11/192580150577785103850268871880218250 YLTB Fresh  GT UT 24X100X2g
H/2020/11/193580150578785103850368829130218250UT 12X100X2g



Shipment NO.Phone NO.INVOMaterialSKUDescription
H/2020/11/135580150569785103849168828875218245YLTB Frsh BW UT 12X300X2g
H/2020/11/136580150570785103849568828875218246YL(O2) UT 48X200g
H/2020/11/136580150571785103849668829130218247Estb ChargeRoll UT 12X100X2g
H/2020/11/136580150572785103849768828894218248 YLTB Fresh BW UT 24X150X2g
H/2020/11/190580150573785103849868828875219955 YLTP  (O2) UT 48X200g
H/2020/11/100580150574785103849968828884218250 YLTB Frsh BW UT 12X300X2g
H/2020/11/101580150575785103850068828884218250 YLTB Frsh BW UT 12X300X2g
H/2020/11/102580150576785103850168828875218252 YL Catering TB 2 gm
H/2020/11/103580150577785103850268871880218253 YLTB Fresh  GT UT 24X100X2g
H/2020/11/104580150578785103850368829130218268 YLTB Fresh  GT UT 24X100X2g





Shipment NO.Phone NO.INVOMaterialSKUDescription
H/2022/12/135580150569785103849168828875218245YLTB Frsh BW UT 12X300X2g
H/2022/12/136580150570785103849568828875218246YL(O2) UT 48X200g
H/2022/12/137580150571785103849668829130218247Estb ChargeRoll UT 12X100X2g
H/2022/12/138580150572785103849768828894218248 YLTB Fresh BW UT 24X150X2g
H/2022/12/139580150573785103849868828875218249 YLTP  (O2) UT 48X200g
H/2020/11/100580150574785103849968828884218250 YLTB Frsh BW UT 12X300X2g
H/2022/12/141580150575785103850068828884218250 YLTB Frsh BW UT 12X300X2g
H/2022/12/142580150576785103850168828875218252 YL Catering TB 2 gm
H/2022/12/143580150577785103850268871880218253 YLTB Fresh  GT UT 24X100X2g
H/2022/12/144580150578785103850368829130218268 YLTB Fresh  GT UT 24X100X2g



here is the result of what I'm looking for:



11 Replies

Hi @TIGER-18 


I want to highlight the row if the value in column A "Shipment NO" & column B "SKU" (SKU are in column E)


#1 I have the following row highlighted in Sheet2. Misunderstanding on my side or your mistake?



#2 Are you on Windows with Excel >/= 2016 or on Mac with Excel 365 up to date?

SKU are in column E?

@L z. Hi

My mistake the column A "Shipment NO" & column E "SKU" i want to check if both values have been duplicated in other sheets.


I'm using windows 365 Microsoft.


regarding for shipment H/2020/11/190 I forgot to highlighted in sheet2 here the revised photo 



Yes ,the column A "Shipment NO" & column E "SKU"

Hi @TIGER-18 


In attached file a Power Query based solution:

  • Data in Sheet1-Sheet3 formatted as Tables
  • 3 queries - respectively for Sheet1, Sheet2 and Sheet3 - load on SHEET_TO_HIDE (TRUE means a duplicate was found in any of the other 2 sheets/tables)
  • Conditional Formatting rules in Sheet1-Sheet3 refer to the 3 tables in SHEET_TO_HIDE
  • The 3 queries auto-refresh when the file opens. You can also ask a Refresh by going to Data (tab) > Refresh All. It's also possible to configure the queries to auto-refresh every n minutes if you need...


if with sql,

create temp table aa00 as
select colIndex[1:7] from consolidateSheet where regexp('\d+',f04) or rowid=1;
select * from aaGrp;




Thank you so much but I prefer if you have idea to do formula in helper column then i will do conditional formatting against that helper column.

I'll see what I can do.... Please confirm you're fine with using Tables (instead of Ranges)



I assumed Tables are fine as they offer comprehensive + dynamic ranges (amongst other benefits). Attached file contains what you asked (helper columns per sheet) and requires Excel 365

@L z. 


thanks for your idea but there is an issue when I update any number of column E (SKU) the formula will reflect the error (Name?) please find the below photos:



Table 2 & 3



I prefer if there's a way to make a helper column with true and false and according to that, I will make conditional formatting against that column.


please note the sheets are increasing so I want something easy to apply for any new sheets.


thanks in advance.

Hi @TIGER-18 

Can't reproduce the issue here. Please share your workbook

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