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How to Find Duplicates in Google Sheets Columns


Using a different colour to emphasise duplicates is one method for locating them. You can scan each column to find duplicates, and then automatically highlight them by either altering the colour of the text or filling the cells in that column with a different colour. This post will teach you how to identify duplicates in Google Sheets and highlight them.

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How to Find Duplicates in Google Sheets Columns

This is the procedure to follow:

1. Launch Google Sheets and select the spreadsheet you wish to examine to open it.

2. Check that the data in the spreadsheet are separated into columns, and that each column has a heading.

3. Mark the column that you wish to search through using the arrow keys.

4. To use conditional formatting, go to the Format menu and select it. The menu for conditional formatting appears on the right when it is opened.

How to Find Duplicates in Google Sheets Columns

5. Check that the cell range matches what you chose in the previous step.

6. Choose Custom formula is from the drop-down menu located in the Format cells if box. A new field has been added underneath the existing one.

7. In the new field, enter the following formula, making any necessary adjustments to accommodate the column range you have chosen:

How to Find Duplicates in Google Sheets Columns

8. Select a fill colour for the cells that are duplicated in the section titled Formatting style. In this particular illustration, we’ve gone for red.

How to Find Duplicates in Google Sheets Columns

9. To use the conditional formatting, select Done when you are finished. It is now expected that each replica will have a cell filled with red.

How to Find Duplicates in Google Sheets Columns


What is Ctrl D in Google Sheets?

In Excel and Google Sheets, press Ctrl + D.

When you are working in Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets, hitting the Ctrl + D key combination will fill and overwrite a cell or cells with the contents of the cell that is located directly above it in a column. Pressing Ctrl + Shift + Down first selects all of the cells below, which allows you to subsequently use Ctrl + D to fill the entire column with the information from the cell above it.

What is Ctrl E?

When using a web browser, use Ctrl+E.

When you press Ctrl + E in Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or Opera, the emphasis shifts to the address bar, search bar, or omnibox, depending on the browser you’re using. When you are through looking through the content on the current page and want to enter in a new address or search for anything else without using the mouse, it can be handy to use this shortcut.

How do you bulk highlight in Google Sheets?

You simply need to move your cursor around the screen in the desired direction. Additionally, Google Docs has a number of options for selecting the entirety of a document. You can select everything, for instance, by pressing Control (or Command) + A on your keyboard or by selecting the “Select all” option from the Edit menu.

What is the shortcut for highlighting?

To highlight a single word at a time, press and hold the Ctrl key while also pressing and holding the Shift key, and then press either the Left or Right arrow key. You can highlight an entire line of text by moving the mouse to the beginning of the line, holding down the Shift key, and then using the Down arrow key.