# Excel - How to Use a VLOOKUP Formula - Expert Solution

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Vlookup or match help, having issues creating the formula
Solved by X. Y. in 18 mins
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Excelchat Expert 14/11/2017 - 06:29
Hi, Welcome to Got It Pro.
Excelchat Expert 14/11/2017 - 06:29
I am observing the sample in the preview
User 14/11/2017 - 06:30
OKay
User 14/11/2017 - 06:30
So here we go
User 14/11/2017 - 06:30
I want a formula
User 14/11/2017 - 06:30
to search Column E and Column C to find who matches
User 14/11/2017 - 06:30
sorry
User 14/11/2017 - 06:30
they are not in orders
User 14/11/2017 - 06:30
and they wont be in order
User 14/11/2017 - 06:31
so check column E
User 14/11/2017 - 06:31
check column C
User 14/11/2017 - 06:31
find their match
Excelchat Expert 14/11/2017 - 06:31
As per the given data, 222 is matching in both C and E columns
User 14/11/2017 - 06:31
and then compare their answer in column A and in column D
User 14/11/2017 - 06:31
and tel me who matches
User 14/11/2017 - 06:32
So from columns A through E
User 14/11/2017 - 06:32
I want to get columns F and G
User 14/11/2017 - 06:32
questions?
Excelchat Expert 14/11/2017 - 06:32
Can you please explanation of G2 cell
User 14/11/2017 - 06:33
Look at F column
User 14/11/2017 - 06:33
999
User 14/11/2017 - 06:33
look at E and C
User 14/11/2017 - 06:33
thats 999
Excelchat Expert 14/11/2017 - 06:33
*Please provide the explanation for G2 cell.
User 14/11/2017 - 06:33
im gtting there sir
Excelchat Expert 14/11/2017 - 06:33
Sure
User 14/11/2017 - 06:33
999 of C4 gives 0 of P_R_0
Excelchat Expert 14/11/2017 - 06:33
C and E having 999. But, they are in different rows
User 14/11/2017 - 06:34
999 in E2
User 14/11/2017 - 06:34
gives 0 in P_R_1
User 14/11/2017 - 06:34
0 = 0
User 14/11/2017 - 06:34
so G2 = 1
Excelchat Expert 14/11/2017 - 06:34
Ok. I understood the requirement. I am working on it.
User 14/11/2017 - 06:34
IF they did not match (0=1)
User 14/11/2017 - 06:35
so G2 = 0
Excelchat Expert 14/11/2017 - 06:35
Thanks for the explanation.
Excelchat Expert 14/11/2017 - 06:36
=if(index(D:D, match(F2,E:E,0),1)=index(A:A, match(F2,C:C,0),1),1,0)
Excelchat Expert 14/11/2017 - 06:37
I am explaining the formula
Excelchat Expert 14/11/2017 - 06:37
I am first matching the rows using match function and then getting the corresponding 1,0 using index function.
Excelchat Expert 14/11/2017 - 06:38
When, the 2 values are matching, the result is 1. Otherwise, it is 0
Excelchat Expert 14/11/2017 - 06:40
So, the formula works well as per the problem description.
User 14/11/2017 - 06:41
im getting an error
User 14/11/2017 - 06:41
so this is dummie data
User 14/11/2017 - 06:41
I need it for a confidential document
User 14/11/2017 - 06:41
and when I copy pasted the formular
User 14/11/2017 - 06:41
its not running
Excelchat Expert 14/11/2017 - 06:42
Whether the column location are correct. I have written formula in column H. I can shift the formula to column G
Excelchat Expert 14/11/2017 - 06:42
Now, Please try copying the formula.
User 14/11/2017 - 06:42
So to the right is a better representatin
User 14/11/2017 - 06:43
Do I need column F?
User 14/11/2017 - 06:43
Or does ur formula G work without column F
User 14/11/2017 - 06:43
and does ur formula work with row 1 being inserted
Excelchat Expert 14/11/2017 - 06:43
If you does not need that, i can change the formula
Excelchat Expert 14/11/2017 - 06:44
Yes. It works with one row insertion
User 14/11/2017 - 06:44
I do need F
User 14/11/2017 - 06:44
Because F will tell me what G represents
User 14/11/2017 - 06:44
So G3 answer is specific for F3
Excelchat Expert 14/11/2017 - 06:45
Ok. So, in that case, the formula should work.
User 14/11/2017 - 06:45
it worked
Excelchat Expert 14/11/2017 - 06:45
Yes
User 14/11/2017 - 06:45
so 1 = match
User 14/11/2017 - 06:45
0 = no match
User 14/11/2017 - 06:45
correcT?
Excelchat Expert 14/11/2017 - 06:45
Yes. 1=match
Excelchat Expert 14/11/2017 - 06:46
and 0 is not match.
Excelchat Expert 14/11/2017 - 06:46
It works for any number of rows. As i am fixing the columns
User 14/11/2017 - 06:46
Its perfect
User 14/11/2017 - 06:46
you are amazing
User 14/11/2017 - 06:46
Excelchat Expert 14/11/2017 - 06:46
Thank you.
User 14/11/2017 - 06:46
Have a nice day
Excelchat Expert 14/11/2017 - 06:47
You are welcome:) Please visit Got It Pro
Excelchat Expert 14/11/2017 - 06:47

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