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Excel formula to determine if a given value is included in a defined range of cells

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Hello,

What is an Excel formula that will tell you if the adjacent cell contains a value which is included in a defined range of values?

For example, suppose you have a range of cells ($F$2:$F$52) which contains 50 unique values. And suppose in column A, you have a list of several thousand values.

What formula in column B will tell you if the adjacent value in column A is one of the 50 unique values in column F?

I suppose you could accomplish it by using =VLOOKUP() in column B:

You would first need to place the value "Yes" in cells G2:G52, then use the (50 row x 2 column) range $F$2:$G$52. The resulting formula would be:

=VLOOKUP(A2,$F$2:$G$52,2,0)

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and the result in each row would be "Yes" or #N/A.

However, it seems like there should be a more direct formula which does not require the values in column G. Is that correct or is using the =VLOOKUP() method as good as any?


Thanks
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