How to Search for Duplicates in Excel

In this tutorial, you will learn how to search for duplicates in Excel.

Duplicate data might occasionally be helpful, but it can also make it more difficult to interpret your data. In order to identify and highlight duplicate data, use conditional formatting. In this manner, you can examine the duplicates and choose whether or not to delete them.

Once ready, we’ll get started by utilizing real-world examples to show you how to search for duplicates in Excel.

Search for Duplicates

Before we begin we will need a group of data to search for duplicates in Excel.

Step 1

First, you need to have a clean and tidy group of data to work with.

Step 2

To search for duplicates in Excel, select the data group you want to search for duplicates in, select ‘Home’, then select ‘Conditional Formatting’. We will then select ‘Highlight Cells Rules’ and select ‘Duplicate Values’.

Step 3

A pop up box will appear, we then select what colour we want to highlight the duplicated cells with and select ‘OK’.

Step 4

Once you are done selecting, your Excel will look like this. The duplicated cells will be highlighted.


That’s all there is to it. You are welcome to copy the example spreadsheet below to see how it is done. The most crucial lesson is to enjoy yourself while doing it.

In this tutorial, I covered how to search for duplicates in Excel.