# How to Generate List Based on Criteria in Excel (5 Methods)

In this article, we will discuss methods to generate a list based on criteria in Excel. This will allow users to get the list of data from a dataset according to their requirements. Excel does not offer any direct method to generate such list. We will combine multiple functions in order to generate the list.

## How to Generate List Based on Criteria in Excel: 5 Ways

In this article, we will discuss 5 methods to generate a list based on criteria in Excel. Firstly, we will combine the INDEX and SMALL functions to do the task. Secondly, we will use the AGGREGATE function to get the job done. Thirdly, we will use the combination of the INDEX, MATCH, and COUNTIF functions. Fourthly, we will use the FILTER function. Finally, we will apply the TEXTJOIN function to generate a list based on criteria in Excel. Here we have a dataset of several people from different locations along with their vehicles. Using this data, we will form a list based on criteria.

### 1. Using INDEX-SMALL Combination to Generate List

Here we need a list, so our formula should be one that will retrieve the multiple values from the table. For that task, we can use a combination of INDEX and SMALL functions. Along with these two, we will need a few helper functions, IF, ROW and IFERROR. Let’s follow the instructions below to create a list from range in Excel!

Steps:

• Firstly, select the F5 cell and type,
`=IFERROR(INDEX(\$B\$5:\$B\$12,SMALL(IF(\$C\$5:\$C\$12=F\$4,ROW(\$B\$5:\$B\$12)),ROW(1:1))-4,1),"")`
• Then, press Enter.

• As a result, we will get the name associated with the region.
• Now, move the cursor to the right to AutoFill the values for the rest of the regions.

• After that, lower the cursor from the F5 cell to AutoFill for New York region.

• Again, move the cursor to the right to AutoFill the values for the rest of the regions.

Formula Breakdown

• IF(\$C\$5:\$C\$12=F\$4,ROW(\$B\$5:\$B\$12)):  The ROW(\$B\$5:\$B\$12) returns an array of values of rows, {5;6;7;8;9;10;11;12}. Again, \$C\$5:\$C\$12=F\$4 expression returns an array of TRUE and FALSE the {TRUE;TRUE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE}. So, finally the IF function returns the values from the {5;6;7;8;9;10;11;12} array which matches the TRUE values from the {TRUE;TRUE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE} array and keeps the rest of the values FALSE.
• Output : {5;6;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE}.
• SMALL({5;6;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE},ROW(1:1)): It becomes SMALL({5;6;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE},{1}). The SMALL function returns the 1st smallest value from the {5;6;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE} array. So, the output will be {5}.
• Output: {5}.
• INDEX(\$B\$5:\$B\$12,{5}-4,1): The INDEX(\$B\$5:\$B\$12,{5}-4,1) becomes INDEX(\$B\$5:\$B\$12,1,1). The INDEX function will return the first value in the \$B\$5:\$B\$12 range which is Mac.
• Output: “Mac”
• IFERROR(INDEX(\$B\$5:\$B\$12,SMALL(IF(\$C\$5:\$C\$12=F\$4,ROW(\$B\$5:\$B\$12)),ROW(1:1))-4,1),””): The entire formula becomes IFERROR(“Mac”,””). The IFERROR function will return Mac.
• Output: Mac

### 2. Using AGGREGATE Function to Generate List

Excel provides you with a function called AGGREGATE that you can use to perform various tasks. Here we can use the function to generate a list based on criteria. The AGGREGATE function returns an aggregate calculation like AVERAGE, COUNT, MAX, etc. The AGGREGATE function does several tasks so numbers of functions are predefined within it.

Steps:

• To begin with, choose the F5 cell and type,
`=IFERROR(INDEX(\$B\$5:\$B\$12,AGGREGATE(15,6,IF(\$C\$5:\$C\$12=F\$4,ROW(\$B\$5:\$B\$12)-4),ROW(1:1)),1),"")`
• Then, hit Enter.

• Consequently, we will get the name associated with the region.
• Next, slide the cursor to the right to AutoFill the values for the remaining regions.

• Then, move the cursor down from the F5 cell to AutoFill for New York region.

• Finally, place the cursor to the right to AutoFill the values for the rest of the regions.

Formula Breakdown

• IF(\$C\$5:\$C\$12=F\$4,ROW(\$B\$5:\$B\$12)-4): The formula becomes IF({TRUE;TRUE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE},{5;6;7;8;9;10;11;12}). After deducting 4 from each values of {5;6;7;8;9;10;11;12} the set becomes {1;2;3;4;5;6;7;8}. Finally, the IF function will return {1;2;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE}.
• Output: {1;2;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE}
• AGGREGATE(15,6,IF(\$C\$5:\$C\$12=F\$4,ROW(\$B\$5:\$B\$12)-4),ROW(1:1)): The number 15 in the AGGREGATE denotes the SMALL function. So the expression becomes SMALL({1;2;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE},{1}). And the expression will return {1}.
• Output: {1}
• INDEX(\$B\$5:\$B\$12,AGGREGATE(15,6,IF(\$C\$5:\$C\$12=F\$4,ROW(\$B\$5:\$B\$12)-4),ROW(1:1)),1): It will become INDEX(\$B\$5:\$B\$12,{1},1). The INDEX function will return the first value of the \$B\$5:\$B\$12 range which is Mac.
• Output: “Mac”
• IFERROR(INDEX(\$B\$5:\$B\$12,AGGREGATE(15,6,IF(\$C\$5:\$C\$12=F\$4,ROW(\$B\$5:\$B\$12)-4),ROW(1:1)),1),””): Finally, this expression will become IFERROR(“Mac”,””). Thus the IFERROR function will return Mac.
• Output: Mac

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### 3. Generate Unique List Using INDEX-MATCH-COUNTIF

We can create a unique list based on criteria. For that, we can use the combination of INDEX, MATCH, and COUNTIF functions. The COUNTIF function counts cells in a range that meets a single condition. The MATCH function locates the position of a lookup value in a range.

Steps:

• To start with, select the F5 cell and type,
`=IFERROR(INDEX(\$B\$5:\$B\$12, MATCH(0, IF(F\$4=\$C\$5:\$C\$12, COUNTIF(F5:F5, \$B\$5:\$B\$12), ""), 0)),"")`
• Next, press the Enter button.

• Consequently, we will find the name associated with the region.
• Then, place the cursor to the right to AutoFill the values.

• Thereafter, move the cursor down from the F5 cell to AutoFill for New York.

• At last, slide the cursor to the right to AutoFill the values for the remaining regions.

Formula Breakdown

• COUNTIF(F4:F4, \$B\$5:\$B\$12): The expression becomes {0;0;0;0;0;0;0;0}. As the COUNTIF function can not find any of the values in the \$B\$5:\$B\$12 range from the F4:F4.
• Output: {0;0;0;0;0;0;0;0}
• IF(F\$4=\$C\$5:\$C\$12, COUNTIF(F4:F4, \$B\$5:\$B\$12), “”):  The expression becomes {0;0;””;””;””;””;””;””}. As the F\$4=\$C\$5:\$C\$12 returns an array like this- {TRUE;TRUE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE}.
• Output: {0;0;””;””;””;””;””;””}.
• MATCH(0, IF(F\$4=\$C\$5:\$C\$12, COUNTIF(F4:F4, \$B\$5:\$B\$12)): This expression becomes MATCH(0, {0;0;””;””;””;””;””;””}). The MATCH function matches with the first value of the {0;0;””;””;””;””;””;””} set and will return 1.
• Output: 1
• INDEX(\$B\$5:\$B\$12, MATCH(0, IF(F\$4=\$C\$5:\$C\$12, COUNTIF(F4:F4, \$B\$5:\$B\$12), “”), 0)): The expressioin will become INDEX(\$B\$5:\$B\$12,1). The INDEX function will return the first value of the \$B\$5:\$B\$12 range that is Mac.
• Output: “Mac”.
• IFERROR(INDEX(\$B\$5:\$B\$12, MATCH(0, IF(F\$4=\$C\$5:\$C\$12, COUNTIF(F4:F4, \$B\$5:\$B\$12), “”), 0)),””): This expression becomes IFERROR(“Mac”,””). So, the IFERROR function will return Mac.
• Output: Mac

### 4. Using FILTER Function to Generate List Based on Criteria

If you are using Microsoft 365, then you can perform the task with a single built-in function called FILTER. The FILTER function filters a range of data based on given criteria and extracts matching records. In this method, we will use this function to generate a list based on criteria in Excel.

Steps:

• In the beginning, choose the F5 cell and enter the following,
`=FILTER(\$B\$5:\$B\$12,\$C\$5:\$C\$12=F\$4)`
• Now, hit the Enter button.

• As a result, we will get all the names assigned to that region.
• Then, move the cursor to the right to AutoFill the values for the rest of the regions.

### 5. Applying TEXTJOIN Function

In this last method, we will use the TEXTJOIN function to generate a list based on criteria. The TEXTJOIN function joins text by using a delimiter. We will take the help of the IF function to get the list from the dataset using the TEXTJOIN function.

Steps:

• Firstly, select the G5 cell and enter the following,
`=TEXTJOIN(", ",TRUE,IF(F5=\$C\$5:C12,\$B\$5:\$B\$12,""))`
• After that, press Enter.

• As a result, we will get the names for that particular region separated by comma.
• Finally, lower the cursor down to the last cell to AutoFill the values.

Read More: How to Make Alphabetical List in Excel

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## Conclusion

In this article, we have discussed 5 ways to generate list based on criteria in Excel. That’s all for today. We have listed several ways to generate a list based on criteria. Hope you will find this helpful. Feel free to comment if anything seems difficult to comprehend. Let us know any other methods that we have missed here.

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23 Comments
1. Not a single one of these formulas work. I have used them all in the practice workbook, outlined exactly as you present and none of them work.

• Did you download the working file? We use Microsoft 365 for making our Excel tutorials. Please download the workbook and let me know whether the system works or not.
Thanks.

2. For this formula, =IFERROR(INDEX(\$B\$2:\$B\$12, MATCH(0, IF(G\$2=\$C\$2:\$C\$12, COUNTIF(\$G\$2:\$G2, \$B\$2:\$B\$12), “”), 0)),””) is it possible to create the list based on multiple criteria? Eg, names by region based on Motor Vehicles

• Reply
Naimul Hasan Arif Aug 17, 2022 at 12:16 PM

Thanks for your query.
Yes, it is possible to apply multiple criteria. Not sure how your data looks, but according to your query, I have tried to reorganize it as follows to categorize names by region based on Vehicle.

=INDEX(B5:B15,MATCH(1,(B18=\$D\$5:\$D\$15) * (C18=\$C\$5:\$C\$15),0))

3. Is it possible to put all the names in one cell?

• Reply
Naimul Hasan Arif Aug 17, 2022 at 3:02 PM
Definitely possible. You just need to concatenate the values in a cell, can use the TEXTJOIN function to do so.

I have the use the following formula for this case.

=TEXTJOIN(“, “,TRUE,IF(F5=\$C\$5:\$C\$15,\$B\$5:\$B\$15,””))

4. Wow. Very handy. And very nicely done! kudos

• Reply
Naimul Hasan Arif Aug 21, 2022 at 12:01 PM

Thanks for your appreciation. It means a lot.

• Can I use this if I want to search row 23 for the value “2” in order to obtain the information from Row 6? I would want it to provide a list just as it is above too so no repeat values.

5. How do you modify the formula if your ranges does not start on row 1?
For example your data start at row 6. Then none of the formulas is working properly.

• Reply
Naimul Hasan Arif Aug 17, 2022 at 5:48 PM

Unfortunately for some strange reasons, the formulas with the INDEX function don’t behave properly while starting from any other row but row 1. But luckily you have some other alternatives like the FILTER function in case your dataset start from row6

6. Can you modify the formula for a row search. The value I am searching for is “2” in row 23. The value I want returned is in Row 6. I would want it to create a list just as displayed above each time a 2 is found in row 23 of the values in row 6. Is this possible?

• Reply
Naimul Hasan Arif Aug 21, 2022 at 12:05 PM

You can apply the INDEX – MATCH functions combination to find out whether the value is matching with “2 ” or not in row 23 and then, use the INDIRECT function to retrieve the matched value with the value in row 6.

7. Hi,

When I reference criteria from another worksheet, it generates an error – any thoughts?

• Hi RAV,
It would be great if you share your Excel workbook. Because this formula works fine with criteria from other worksheets in our workbook.
See the screenshot below.

In Sheet3, we inserted the formula and gave all the arguments from Sheet2.
`=IFERROR(INDEX('INDEX - SMALL Formula'!\$B\$2:\$B\$12,SMALL(IF('INDEX - SMALL Formula'!\$C\$2:\$C\$12=G\$4,ROW('INDEX - SMALL Formula'!\$B\$2:\$B\$12)-1),ROW('INDEX - SMALL Formula'!1:1)),1),"")`
And, it’s working without any errors. So, there must be another problem with your workbook. So, please share it with us thus we can solve your issue.
If there is any other problem regarding Excel, you can let us know. Also, follow our website, ExcelDemy, a one-stop Excel solution provider to explore more. Happy Excelling.

8. it is not working for me i tried using
=IFERROR(INDEX(\$B\$5:\$B\$10,SMALL(IF(F\$4=\$C\$5:\$C\$10,ROW(\$B\$5:\$B\$10)),ROW(1:1))-4,1),”NA”)
but it shows only first value and not beyond
Values in Col B
Name(Heading)
Ram
Shyam
Ravi
Luxman
raj
Hanuman

and col C

Type(heading)
God
Human
Human
God
Human
God

in cell F4 (God) and G4(Human)

output in F5 shows Ram and remaining NA and in G5 also NA

Pls suggest what is mistake

• Hi Anil, here is an easier and shorter formula for you. (FILTER function is available from Excel 2019)
`=FILTER(\$B\$5:\$B\$10,\$C\$5:\$C\$10=F4)`
Do the following to your desired list.
>> Write “God” in cell F4 and “Human” in cell G4.
>> Copy the above formula and paste it into cell F5 (it will list God Names)
>> Similarly generate the Human Names. Just use G4 instead of F4 in the given formula.

Can you visualize what to do? Please let us know if this helps.
Regards
-ExcelDemy Team

• When I copy and paste your formula, it responds great for the first 8 rows. When I expand to include cells B5:B144 and C5:C144 it returns #N/A. Can you please help?

Thank You

• Lutfor Rahman Shimanto Feb 4, 2024 at 3:53 PM

Hello RENE

Thanks for reaching out and sharing your problem. You have observed that the formula works for the first eight rows. When you expand to include cells B5:B144 and C5:C144, it returns #N/A. However, our machine works perfectly fine, even though we work with an extensive range. The FILTER function is only available in Excel for Microsoft 365 and Excel 2021. Assuming you are using one of these versions.

To resolve your problem, double-check the references in the formula to ensure they correspond to the correct columns and cells. Confirm that the formula is entered correctly without any typos or syntax errors. Good luck.

Regards
Lutfor Rahman Shimanto
ExcelDemy

9. I’m not sure if this is the best option for my need. I am being told I will be given a project next week where a list of materials will result from multiple selections that are setup in pick lists. I can setup the pick lists but will need some advice on how to get resulting list, based on what selections were made. I would love some advice.

• Hi DARRELL,
Congratulations on your new project. Be confident, you can make it. Based on your selections, you may use any of the following to get resulting list:
1. IF function: You can use the “IF” function to create a formula that checks if certain criteria are met and return the appropriate value. For example, if you have a pick list for materials and another for color, you can use an “IF” function to generate a list of materials that match the selected color.
2. VLOOKUP function: The “VLOOKUP” function can be used to search for a value in a table and return a corresponding value. You can set up a table with all the possible combinations of selections and use “VLOOKUP” to generate the resulting list based on the selections made.
3. FILTER function: The “FILTER” function can be used to filter a list based on certain criteria. You can set up a table with all the materials and their attributes (such as color, size, etc.) and use “FILTER” to generate a list of materials that match the selected attributes.
4. PivotTable: Pivot tables can be used to analyze and summarize data in a table. you can set up a table with all the selections made and your corresponding materials and use a pivot table to generate a list of materials based on the selections made.

These are just a few options you can consider. You will need to choose the one that works best for your specific situation. Don’t hesitate to contact with us if you face any problem. Best of luck.

Regards
Rafiul Hasan
Team ExcelDemy

10. Hello,

My questions is I want to create a checklist that if I choose one of the options it brings up the tasks for that option. For example, my choices would be green or blue. If I choose blue, it has it’s own tasks that differ than green. How would I go about doing that?

• Hello RENAE HINES,

Hope you are doing well. Thank you for your query. You can create a dynamic checklist using Excel’s built-in feature such as Data Validation.

• Initially, select cell E5 and go to Data >> Data Tools >> Data Validation to get the particular color.

• Then, Data Validation dialog box will pop up. Select List from the drop-down menu of Validation criteria and Source as E14:E15.
• Lastly, Click OK to complete the Data validation process.
• Here, the process of selecting color is dynamic as below.

• Finally, enter the below formula in cell E6 to complete the dynamic checklist of getting task colorwise.

`=FILTER(\$C\$5:\$C\$16,EXACT(\$B\$5:\$B\$16,E5))`

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