i have
column A > list of numbers(codes)
column B > list of name(of products) assigned with code in column A

i generate a code from different choice what i select in another provision in excel(same sheet)

now required(generated) code to be find is like 12300456000. here all zero are variables(0 shows that any value at that place is acceptable).. means i want to find ALL codes from column A having 123XX456XXX, here XX and XXX are variables. also its position can be changed. i.e. another required code may be 1XX23456XXX.

i want the list of the all product having codes similar to required i.e. like 123XX456XXX.

[ i used VLOOKUP but it gives only one result n0t all and it can not search for variables].

thank you in advance..

I answered this. Not sure why it's still here. You need a user-defined VBA function. If cell F1 contains the pattern and A1:A100 contains the range of test numbers, you can enter this in a cell:
and fill down.
Here's the function:

Public Function GetLike(Rg As Range, Pattern As String, whichOne As Integer)
Dim Check As String, n As Integer
   Check = Application.Substitute(Pattern, "0", "?")
   GetLike = ""
   For Each thing In Rg
       If thing Like Check Then
         n = n + 1
         If n = whichOne Then
         GetLike = thing
         Exit Function
         End If
       End If
End Function

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