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# How to search a column of values in excel and check if value “A” is ever directly preceded by value “B” via a formula resulting in a true or false or via vba?

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I have a file that has the data from a work log.  I need to identify if any of the 3 sets of values are listed in order anywhere within cells “E4:E100” ignoring empty cells.  I attached an example file

Example:
Test exact order of pair
1st value: Suspended
2nd value: WIP to Open

Dataset:

Unsuspended
Suspended    <==========
(Result: True)
WIP to Open <==========

Open to WIP

Suspended
Open to WIP

WIP to Open
Example.xlsx
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Question by:kbay808
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Glenn Ray earned 500 total points
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You can achieve this with a user-defined function (UDF):
``````Option Explicit
Function Pairs(strFirst As String, strSecond As String, rng As Range) As Boolean
Dim cl As Object
Pairs = False
For Each cl In rng
If Not (Pairs) Then
If LCase(cl.Value) = LCase(strFirst) Then
Pairs = True
End If
Else
If LCase(cl.Value) = LCase(strSecond) Then
Pairs = True
Exit Function
ElseIf cl.Value <> "" Then
Pairs = False
End If
End If
Next cl
End Function
``````

After adding the code to a module in the workbook, you could then insert this function in the green cells.  For example, in cell I3:
=pairs(H3,H4,\$E\$4:\$E\$100)

The function will return TRUE or FALSE for the specified pair in the first two arguments (cells H3, H4).  The range can be any single column of cells.

Modified example file attached.

Regards,
-Glenn
EE-Q28574834.xlsm
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Author Closing Comment

ID: 40482277
Awesome!!!  Thank you very much for your help.
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Expert Comment

ID: 40482282
If you can add a column, you can use SumProduct as in attached file.
Example1.xlsx
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