Highlight Differences in 2 Lists Automatically

How to highlight differences in 2 lists automatically using VBA. Often we need to compare two lists to find duplicates, different or missing values. Watch the video to learn how to check for differences or discrepancies in two lists automatically:

Highlight Differences in 2 Lists Automatically

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Here’s the complete VBA code to check for differences between the two lists quickly and easily:

Option Explicit

Sub highlightdifferencesFinal()

Application.ScreenUpdating = False

Dim i As Long, j As Long, lastrowsht1 As Long, lastrowsht2 As Long, lastcolumn As Long, k As Long


lastrowsht1 = Sheets(“Sheet1”).Range(“A” & Rows.Count).End(xlUp).Row

For i = 2 To lastrowsht1


lastrowsht2 = Sheets(“Sheet2”).Range(“A” & Rows.Count).End(xlUp).Row
lastcolumn = Sheet2.Cells(1, Columns.Count).End(xlToLeft).Column

For j = 2 To lastrowsht2

    For k = 1 To lastcolumn

    If Sheet2.Cells(j, k) = Sheet1.Cells(i, k) Then

        Sheet2.Cells(j, k).Interior.ColorIndex = 32 ' blue color
        Sheet2.Cells(j, k).Font.Color = vbWhite

    End If

    Next k

Next j


Next i

Application.ScreenUpdating = True

End Sub

Option Explicit

Sub clearFormatsSht2()
Dim i As Long, lastrowsht2 As Long

lastrowsht2 = Sheets(“Sheet2”).Range(“A” & Rows.Count).End(xlUp).Row

Sheet2.Range(“A2:C” & lastrowsht2).clearFormats

End Sub

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Dinesh Kumar Takyar

Welcome to exceltrainingvideos.com! My aim is to help you learn MS Excel including VBA. I always felt that a good way to learn something was to find solutions to problems in that domain. That is why I share these Excel videos with you. Mostly these are questions asked during my corporate training sessions. I've been training individuals and companies in computers since 1991. I did my B. Sc. (Vordiplom), M. Sc. (Diplom) and Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) from Hamburg, Germany. The best thing about solving some of my visitor's questions is that I also gain new insights. For more Excel VBA solutions you may like to visit my YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/familycomputerclub For a structured Excel VBA training course online you can visit: https://www.youtube.com/excelvbaonline

One thought on “Highlight Differences in 2 Lists Automatically”

  1. Hi I try to find similarity between 2 sheets.

    Sheet 1
    Gene.1 YIPRF
    Gene.1 YIPRFF

    Sheet 2

    I try to follow your instruction but since I have limited knowledge on VBA, its hard for me to follow. Is it possible for u to write a simple VBA code? I will acknowledge you. Thanks.

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