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Enter the following code in a module sheet:
Sub Find_Matches() Dim CompareRange As Variant, x As Variant, y As Variant ' Set CompareRange equal to the range to which you will ' compare the selection. Set CompareRange = Range("C1:C5") ' NOTE: If the compare range is located on another workbook ' or worksheet, use the following syntax. ' Set CompareRange = Workbooks("Book2"). _ ' Worksheets("Sheet2").Range("C1:C5") ' ' Loop through each cell in the selection and compare it to ' each cell in CompareRange. For Each x In Selection For Each y In CompareRange If x = y Then x.Offset(0, 1) = x Next y Next x End Sub
In a new worksheet, enter the following data (leave column B empty):
On the Tools menu, click Macro, and select the macro "Find_Matches". (In Microsoft Excel 97 or Microsoft Excel 98 Macintosh Edition, click the Tools menu, point to Macro, and click Macros. Then, select the macro "Find_Matches".) Click Run to run the macro.
The duplicate numbers are displayed in column B. The matching numberswill be put next to the first column as illustrated here: