Find Difference between two Cells that could be Multiselect Dropdowns or Text

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I am pretty advanced when it comes to smartsheet and formulas. But this one has me stumped. I am trying to find a way to report on the difference between two text or multiselect cells. Any advice would be much appreciated.


  • Paul NewcomePaul Newcome ✭✭✭✭✭

    Can you provide some screenshots/examples?

  • Thomas BostwickThomas Bostwick ✭✭✭✭✭

    Hey Paul!

    I am looking for the following result with Test 3 showing what is not in Test 2 that is in Test.

  • Paul NewcomePaul Newcome ✭✭✭✭✭

    Will it always be like that where the extra data is in Test but not in Test 2?

  • Thomas BostwickThomas Bostwick ✭✭✭✭✭

    Test would be current and Test 2 would be previous. So in theory Test could have less items due to things being removed. So I assume there will need to be a column for what is in Test 2 that in not in Test and then a column for what is in Test that is not in Test 2.

  • Paul NewcomePaul Newcome ✭✭✭✭✭

    I want to make sure I understand before trying to work out a solution.

    You have data in Test and in Test 2. You want to show what is in Test 2 that is not in Test.

    Test..........Test 2..........Test 3

    A, B..............A...................B

    A, B..............B...................A

    A, B..............C.................A, B

    A, B, C........A, C.................B

    Does the above look right? Basically you want to strip away whatever is in Test 2 from Test and output the result in Test 3?

  • Thomas BostwickThomas Bostwick ✭✭✭✭✭

    That is exactly what I am looking to figure out.

  • Paul NewcomePaul Newcome ✭✭✭✭✭

    Ok. Are you using multi-select or free text? If free text, will you use a common delimiter between selections such as a space or a comma?

  • Thomas BostwickThomas Bostwick ✭✭✭✭✭

    I prefer Multi-select but if that can't work it will be text separated by a comma.

  • Paul NewcomePaul Newcome ✭✭✭✭✭

    Multi-Select actually makes it easier because it has a built in common delimiter. You don't have to worry about accidentally not using the correct one.

    And hopefully the last question... What is the maximum amount of possible selections that can be made in a single cell?

  • Thomas BostwickThomas Bostwick ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thank you for your help Paul! I would say max would be 50.

  • So what was the answer to this I need to compare two columns and find the delta between two cols in two different sheets

  • edited 08/05/21

    I have the same question, Has anyone figured out the formula?

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