matching names from 1 column with another

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I have a list of names from column A, and trying to see if there is a match in column B. 

kept trying a few formulas, but i'm doing something wrong and it's not working.


Basically, if john doe is in column A, and found in column B, column C says match. If there is no name matching, column C not matching.

namename 2match ?
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best response confirmed by nerdyplayer (New Contributor)


In B2:

=IF(ISNUMBER(MATCH(A2,B:B,0)),"Match","No Match")


=IF(COUNTIF(B:B,A2),"Match","No Match")

Fill down.

oo that worked. Also 1 more question. Turns out the reasoning why it wasn't working as well was there was a space in the name that caused them not to match.
smith,john jr[ ] smith,john jr
smith,david[ ] smith,david[ ]

There a quick way to remove the space at the end of the cell? If i try to find and replace all the [ ] then their middle name crunches together. ty


For example:


=IF(ISNUMBER(MATCH(TRIM(A2),TRIM(B$1:B$1000),0)),"Match","No Match")


I'd avoid using the entire column here. Adjust the range B$1:B$1000 as needed.

YAY! thank you.

i'd hug you.