Need help with Excel Formula


I have an interesting problem with excel sheet.

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I am trying to input a validation/formula in 'Sheet 3 - Hiring Planning - column B' - such that if the Position Number (Sheet 3- A2:A9) shows up in either 'Sheet 1 - B2:B~' or 'Sheet 2 - B2:B~', the validation field appears a 'Closed', else it should appear 'Open' 


I have tried IF formula, mixed with other - index, match, or even lookups, but unable to arrive at a solution.


Any Help will be much appreciated.

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Here's a solution. I consolidated your two databases--no need for two sheets for Internal vs External; just differentiate by a column showing whether it's an internal or external. Makes the formula simpler.

=IFERROR(IF(MATCH(A2,'Offer Sheet'!$B$2:$B$20,0)>0,"Closed"),"Open")



thanks @mathetes 

However, I cannot have the sheets for Internal & External separate as they are managed by 2 separate teams. Would it be possible to help me design a formula for 2 separate sheets?



best response confirmed by dpenhadavid (Microsoft)

@dpenhadavid Perhaps this does what you need:


=IF(IFERROR(MATCH(A2,'Offer Sheet - External'!B:B,0),0)+IFERROR(MATCH(A2,'Offer Sheet - Internal'!B:B,0),0),"Closed","Open")


This formula tries to match A2 in both lists. It returns a number or #NA. IFERROR captures the #NA errors and sets the value to 0. If the sum of the two is anything other than 0, it means that the Position Number was found in either of the lists (External or Internal), and will return Closed. Otherwise Open. 

this is amazing! Thank you so much!



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Can you please help me with this?