I have some tables with cells like so:

Also, I have some more tables like so:

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Note the YES and NO. in the Included column in the Example Requirements table.

  • You will note that for JAE 101 in the Example Requirements, a YES is to the right, because I have included it in the Example Semester table.

  • Conversely, there is a NO to the right of OME 321 because there is no such ID in the Example Semester.

  • Also, there is YAE 555 which has nothing to do with the Example Requirements table.


Unfortunately, the described scenario was a mockup; the YES and NO were placed manually by myself.

What formula do I put in the Included column of the Example Requirements table to reproduce such scenario?


This formula works where A3 is the cell which contains the search string and "Example Semester::A3:A4" is the range to search.

IF(IFERROR(MATCH(A3,Example Semester::A3:A4,0),FALSE),"YES","NO")


  • OK, thanks! Before I give you a green check-mark, I have one more requirement: How do I have multiple cells from different tables to check? i.e. How do I make "Example Semester:: $A$2:$A$3" into something like "Semester 1:: $A$2:$A$3" AND "Semester 2:: $A$2:$A$3"? – Fine Man Jun 24 '16 at 18:26
  • @SirJony Non-contiguous cell ranges are not possible in Numbers. – grg Jun 25 '16 at 10:18
  • Seriously!? Do you happen to know if Excel on Mac supports it? – Fine Man Jun 25 '16 at 17:59
  • @SirJony You can use a comma-delimited list of ranges enclosed in {} with Excel's indirect function. – grg Jun 25 '16 at 19:19
  • OK, thanks for the additional information. Apple really need to up the ante on their software. :) – Fine Man Jun 25 '16 at 20:20

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