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Hi Tom

Could you help me with this new issue?  

I have a workbook which contains several worksheets.  One worksheet "Sheet2rng" contains a column  entitled "Group"  This column contains a list of different classes.  In a column entitled "name" will be the names of all of the students.

In another sheet called "SPtemplate" there is a cell "B1" where I might input the name of a class.  

When I input the name of the class, I would like all of the students in that class to populate another area of the worksheet "SPtemplate"  D1:D40.

Is this possible to do using formula?

Christoper Mitchell,

Yes, it can be done with an array formula.


in D1 and entered with Ctrl+shift+Enter rather than just Enter since this is an array formula

then drag fill D1 down to D40

this is the raw formula.  It will produce errors once you go past the number of students in that class.  So if  you only have 20 students, D21:D40 would display #Value.  You can enclose the formula in IFERROR(formula,"") to avoid that.

I have assumed that Group and name are named ranges per your description.  If you just mean that is the text in row 1 of the sheet in the appropriate column (i.e. commonly called a column header), then in the formula they would have to be replaced with something like


also, name and group should cover the same number of rows.

Or they could be column headers in a defined table but I would have to look at how to properly address those as I don't use defined tables.  

if you need more help than that, you would have to send a workbook to

Tom Ogilvy

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