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Extracting Targeted Records from a List in Excel

There are a few different ways that you can extract targeted records from a list in Excel. One way is to use the FIND function. The FIND function will return the position of a value in a given array or string. For example, if you have a list of names in column A and you want to find all the names that start with "John", you can use the following formula:

=FIND("John",A1)

This formula will return the position of the first instance of "John" in the cell A1. If there is no instance of "John" in the cell, it will return #VALUE!. You can then use this formula in an IF statement to extract all the names that start with "John".

=IF(FIND("John",A1),A1,"")

This formula will return the value in A1 if it contains "John" and an empty string if it doesn't. You can then drag this formula down to apply it to all the cells in column A.

Another way to extract targeted records from a list is to use the FILTER function. The FILTER function allows you to filter a range of data based on criteria that you specify. For example, if you have a list of names in column A and you want to filter out all the names that start with "John", you can use the following formula:

=FILTER(A1:A10,LEFT(A1:A10)="John")

This formula will return all the values in column A that start with "John". You can then use this filtered list for further analysis or processing.

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