# Problem with Excel Index function and partial or fuzzy match

#### Modonnell43

##### New Member
Can someone please help me identify a problem with an index function that I am using?

What I currently have seems to be working in reverse, with respect to making a partial/fuzzy string match.

The index function follows:

=INDEX(\$K\$2:\$K\$12, SMALL(IF(COUNTIF(\$A2,"*"&\$J\$2:\$J\$12&"*"), ROW(\$J\$1:\$J\$11), ""), COLUMN(A1)))

I have attached the excel file. If you could be kind enough to take a look and let me know how I might fix this I would be grateful.

What I need to do is make the input cell \$A2 (above) able to accept partial text strings and match a full text string in column J.

In other words if cell A2=Apple and cell J2=Apple Computers Inc., the match would occur.

Then it will return all emails that are associated with Apple. (this part currently works as long as I use the exact string in column A)

-Thank you

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#### navic

##### Member
Try ARRAY formula (CSE formula) in C2 and copy across
Code:
``=IF(\$A2="","",IFERROR(INDEX(\$K\$2:\$K\$12,SMALL(IF(ISNUMBER(SEARCH(\$A2,\$J\$2:\$J\$12)), MATCH(ROW(\$J\$2:\$J\$12),ROW(\$J\$2:\$J\$12)),""),COLUMN(A1))),""))``

• Modonnell43

#### Modonnell43

##### New Member
Try ARRAY formula (CSE formula) in C2 and copy across
Code:
``=IF(\$A2="","",IFERROR(INDEX(\$K\$2:\$K\$12,SMALL(IF(ISNUMBER(SEARCH(\$A2,\$J\$2:\$J\$12)), MATCH(ROW(\$J\$2:\$J\$12),ROW(\$J\$2:\$J\$12)),""),COLUMN(A1))),""))``
That did the trick. Thank you so much for your help!