#### Help with formula containing text

```Hi

I need some help on the following.

I have a column of text, linked to other worksheets, that is
continuously changing.  I need to be alert if the same piece of text
appears in the column more than twice, e.g.

Tom
Tom
Jane
Mary
Mary
Tom

Thanks
Mike

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On Sun, 4 Sep 2005 09:49:11 -0500, mlhynes
<mlhynes.1uuayf_1125846304.321@excelforum-nospam.com> wrote:

>
>Hi
>
>I need some help on the following.
>
>I have a column of text, linked to other worksheets, that is
>continuously changing.  I need to be alert if the same piece of text
>appears in the column more than twice, e.g.
>
>Tom
>Tom
>Jane
>Mary
>Mary
>Tom
>
>
>Thanks
>Mike

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Gord
9/4/2005 3:56:11 PM
```ml,

The following formula, for rows 2-6 in this example, put into row 2 and
copied down, will yield "DUP" in any duplicate cells in A2:A6.
Unfortunately, it will respond to empty cells as dups, but we'll deal with
that later:
=IF(COUNTIF(\$A\$2:\$A\$6,A2)>1,"DUP","")

If the worksheet is tall (many rows) and you don't want to have to scan
vertically for the DUP flags, you could use this in a single cell, to
indicate that there are "DUP" flags somewhere in the formulas above.  This
is for where the formula above is in C2:C6.  It's an array formula (use
Ctrl-Shift-Enter instead of Enter when you're done editing it).
=IF(OR(C2:C6="DUP"),"DUP","")

Or if you don't want the individual DUP flags (first formula), but want a
single cell to signal "DUP" if there are dups anywhere in A2:A6, use:
=OR(COUNTIF(A2:A6,A2:A6)>1)
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>
> Hi
>
> I need some help on the following.
>
> I have a column of text, linked to other worksheets, that is
> continuously changing.  I need to be alert if the same piece of text
> appears in the column more than twice, e.g.
>
> Tom
> Tom
> Jane
> Mary
> Mary
> Tom
>
>
> Thanks
> Mike
>
>
> --
> mlhynes
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> mlhynes's Profile:
> http://www.excelforum.com/member.php?action=getinfo&userid=12959
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