Columns Match Add-in for Excel in the Office Store

Compare Excel columns and identify matching columns

Comparing Excel columns, you may want to know whether the columns are identical – or how much similar or different they are. It becomes a difficult task to perform manually. Columns Match app answers those questions:

  • Match columns against each other
  • Match columns against benchmark values
  • Results in a crosstab table are easy to interpret Columns Match is built on Microsoft platform. MS Office Add-ins (formerly known as Office Apps) work across Excel Online, Excel 2016 and Excel 2013 desktop, Excel for iPad, Excel for Mac. columns match office add-in overview

Learn your way around:

How to add the Columns Match Add-in for Excel from the Office Store

Download the add-in from the Office Store website, or directly from Excel interface:

  1. Open Excel > Insert tab > In the Add-ins group click ‘Store’ or ‘Office Add-ins’.
  2. Search for XLTools Columns Match in the Store > It is free, so just click ‘Add’.
  3. The add-in’s task pane will appear on the sheet. Drag and place it as you wish.

Note: you should be singed in to your Microsoft account to manage products and subscriptions:
File > Account > User Information > Sign in.

Add Columns Match Add-in from the Office Store to Excel 2016 Excel 2013

Add Columns Match Add-in from the Office Store to Excel Online

How to compare and match Excel columns

Follow the steps on the add-in’s pane:

  • Step 1. Click ‘Select’ > Select the target columns you want to match, including headings.
  • Step 2. Select a starting cell for the output table.
  • Step 3. Optional: if you want to match your target columns against benchmark columns, select the range of benchmark (standard) columns, including headings. Otherwise, skip this step.
  • Step 4. Select ‘Show % of matching’ to show the level of similarity as a match percentage. 100% match means the columns are identical.
    Or, select ‘Show True/False’ to identify only identical columns. ‘True’ stands for 100% identical columns.
  • Click ‘Match Columns’ > The crosstab table is generated.
    Tip: use Excel conditional formatting to apply a color scheme to the resulting table.

Columns match office add-in: columns compared against each other

Columns match office add-in: columns compared against benchmarks

Done! Now it is evident that Products 1 and 3 are very similar (99%), and Product 2 is identical to Standard 2 (100%).

Does the Export to CSV Office Add-in work offline

Office add-ins require Internet connection.

But check out our desktop Columns Match (requires installation). It has similar functionality, and it also works offline.

Read more on the difference between Office Add-ins and desktop version.


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