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Bob, I hope I can explain this clearly.

I have a list of names in column B, amounts in column C, and dates in column D. Entries can be repeated in any column.

Then in column A, I concatenate each row.

I would like to MATCH name&amt&date in column A. HOWEVER.....the date can vary from 5 days before to 5 days after.

So my question is: how can I MATCH("DOG"&23.54&42385,$A$2:$A$100,0) so that it returns the location in A of an entry with DOG, 23.54, and the first date within 42380-42391?

SUMPRODUCT? Array formula? Something else?

I'm using Excel 2003, and want a formulaic solution. Not VBA.

Thanks for your help.

If the desired date is in cell H2, for example, then this formula works (MUCH better to use a VBA solution). Enter this in D2 and fill down:

=IF(ISNA(MATCH("Bob"&23.45&(H2-5),$A$1:$A$100,0)),"",MATCH("Bob"&23.45&(H2-5),$A$1:$A$100,0))&IF(ISNA(MATCH("Bob"&23.45&(H2-4),$A$1:$A$100,0)),"",MATCH("Bob"&23.45&(H2-4),$A$1:$A$100,0))&IF(ISNA(MATCH("Bob"&23.45&(H2-3),$A$1:$A$100,0)),"",MATCH("Bob"&23.45&(H2-3),$A$1:$A$100,0))&IF(ISNA(MATCH("Bob"&23.45&(H2-2),$A$1:$A$100,0)),"",MATCH("Bob"&23.45&(H2-2),$A$1:$A$100,0))&IF(ISNA(MATCH("Bob"&23.45&(H2-1),$A$1:$A$100,0)),"",MATCH("Bob"&23.45&(H2-1),$A$1:$A$100,0))&IF(ISNA(MATCH("Bob"&23.45&(H2),$A$1:$A$100,0)),"",MATCH("Bob"&23.45&(H2),$A$1:$A$100,0))&IF(ISNA(MATCH("Bob"&23.45&(H2+1),$A$1:$A$100,0)),"",MATCH("Bob"&23.45&(H2+1),$A$1:$A$100,0))&IF(ISNA(MATCH("Bob"&23.45&(H2+2),$A$1:$A$100,0)),"",MATCH("Bob"&23.45&(H2+2),$A$1:$A$100,0))&IF(ISNA(MATCH("Bob"&23.45&(H2+3),$A$1:$A$100,0)),"",MATCH("Bob"&23.45&(H2+3),$A$1:$A$100,0))&IF(ISNA(MATCH("Bob"&23.45&(H2+4),$A$1:$A$100,0)),"",MATCH("Bob"&23.45&(H2+4),$A$1:$A$100,0))&IF(ISNA(MATCH("Bob"&23.45&(H2+5),$A$1:$A$100,0)),"",MATCH("Bob"&23.45&(H2+5),$A$1:$A$100,0))

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Comment | Wow, that's quite a ... er ... formula! It's hard to believe that you'd have to put in a phrase for every single date you want to check. What if I need a larger date range? I'm sure there must be some kind of SUMPRODUCT or array solution. I'm going to play around a bit more and see if I can come up with something. Thanks for your time, Bob! :-) |

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