Vlookup like/contains


I have a list of companies like:


I am looking them up against another list,but this list maybe more like


How can i return BOILERJUICE where its not an exact match?

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Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
For that specific example:


Adjust the number 11 to how many characters you want to assess as being the same.

Leaving out the fourth parameter of the lookup syntax will also make it look for a close match but the list it is looking in will have to be sorted in alphabetical order and it will find the first entry where the value being looked for is not "greater than" the result in the list.

For Example: Shrinking "BOILERJUICE LTD" to "BOILERJUICE" using the LEFT(A1,11) would stop at BOILERJUICE INC because that would come before BOILERJUICE LTD

Rob H

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