You can compare data in a column and match the content to a different column. Different Excel formula can be used to compare two columns, find the matches in the column and return a value.

In this article, I will show you different methods you can use to compare data from different columns.

## Option one

**1. **Create the table below

**2.** Go to cell E2 and enter the formula =IF(ISNUMBER(MATCH(D2,$A$2:$A$20,0)),INDEX(Sheet5!$B$2:$B$20,MATCH(Sheet5!D2,Sheet5!$A$2:$A$20,0)),0)

**3.** Press ENTER key to get the matching content on the E2.

**4.** Copy the formula to the rest of the cells using Autofill feature or drag the fill handle down to cells you want to copy the formula.

## Option two:

**1.** Enter the following formula on cell E2

=IF(ISNA(MATCH(D2,$A$2:$A$20,0)),"",VLOOKUP(D2,$A$2:$B$20,2,FALSE))

**2.** Press ENTER key

**3.** Autofill the formula to the rest of the cells

In the above formulas, cell D2 is the criteria cell that returns value based on column cells A2:A20 which is to be compared with and return the matching value from data range A2:B20.

## Option three:

You can pull the matching content from one column to another using the Index and match formulas only.

Using the same example, compare the projects in column A and D and if a match is found, return the corresponding name in column B. #N/A is returned if no match found.

**1.** Enter the formula below

=INDEX ($B$2:$B$20, MATCH(D2,$A$2:$A$20,0))

**2.** Press ENTER key.

**3.** Use the fill handle to drag the formula to the rest of the cells you want to match.

## Option 4: Kutools Add-in

You can download a free trial Kutools add-in and use it to compare two columns and return the value in a third column.

**1.** Once you install the add-in to you excel workbook, put your cursor on the cell where the value is to be returned.

**2.** Click on Kutools, select formulas tab then click Look for a value in the list.

**3.** A formula helper window opens which allows you to enter the table array, Lookup value and the corresponding column with the return values.

**4.** Enter the table references and click OK.

**5.** Autofill the formula to the rest of the cells