Vlookup Compare Values Between Columns - Ignore Spacing

Heyas,

I know the standard Vlookup comparison formula e.g.

=IF(ISNA(VLOOKUP(A1,$A$1:$A$15,1,FALSE)), "No", "Yes")

My query how do you make the standard formula ignore spacing.

Thank you.
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Rgonzo1971Commented:
HI

Do you mean?

=IF(ISNA(VLOOKUP(TRIM(A1),$A$1:$A$15,1,FALSE)), "No", "Yes")

Regards
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[ fanpages ]IT Services ConsultantCommented:
Hi,

...or is "spacing" the space characters within text (rather than using TRIM that strips spaces from the beginning &/or the end of text)?

This formula needs to be entered within a cell as an array formula (using [CTRL]+[SHIFT]+[ENTER] instead of just [ENTER]):

=IF(ISNA(VLOOKUP(SUBSTITUTE(B1, " ", ""),SUBSTITUTE($A$1:$A$15," ", ""),1,FALSE)), "No", "Yes")

Note that I changed the first parameter from A1 to B1, as searching for A1 within A1:A15 will always return "Yes".

This approach will remove spaces from the beginning &/or end of the values as TRIM() does, but also will remove spaces from within values too.

For example,

"Hello World" is equivalent to "HelloWorld"
" Hello    World       " is also the same as "HelloWorld"

BFN,

fp.
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barry houdiniCommented:
Another approach to avoid "array entry" is to use SUMPRODUCT like this

=IF(SUMPRODUCT(0+(SUBSTITUTE(B1," ","")=SUBSTITUTE(A$1:A$15," ",""))),"Yes","No")

regards, barry
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ZackGeneral IT Goto GuyAuthor Commented:
Cheers for the help.
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[ fanpages ]IT Services ConsultantCommented:
You're very welcome.
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