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I need a VLookup to recall a number in column F which relates to a name in another sheet

Solved by I. D. in 20 mins

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Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 11:55

Welcome to excel got it pro

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 11:56

Would you please share the sheet? so that I can create the vlookup formula.

User
06/03/2018 - 12:00

So in Sheet 3, Column B needs to recall data in Sheet 1 Column F and Sheet 3 Column C needs to recall Sheet 1 Column W

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 12:00

A question.

User
06/03/2018 - 12:01

Sure

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 12:01

You have students names as A B C A B C, does it replicate the original file?

User
06/03/2018 - 12:01

Yes

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 12:01

I mean duplicate in student name or repetitive names?

User
06/03/2018 - 12:01

Just changed sheet to A-I

User
06/03/2018 - 12:02

Not duplicate surnames

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 12:02

Okay, thanks.

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 12:02

I need a couple of minutes.

User
06/03/2018 - 12:02

I've split the column to first names and surnames, original has surnames in column B

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 12:05

there you go. vlookup applied to column B and C.

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 12:05

Please check and let me know.

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 12:05

for col B =VLOOKUP(A3,Sheet1!A:F,6,false)

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 12:05

for col C

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 12:05

=VLOOKUP(A3,Sheet2!A:W,23,false)

User
06/03/2018 - 12:05

Amazing thank you.

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 12:05

anything else you want to know about the solution?

User
06/03/2018 - 12:05

Could you explain to me how that works very briefly?

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 12:06

sure.

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 12:06

so, the syntax of vlookup is =VLOOKUP(lookup-value, lookup-range, column number, lookup type)

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 12:07

first lookup-value : in this case lookup value is name, which is A3 of sheet3

User
06/03/2018 - 12:07

ok

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 12:08

second lookup-range : lookup range is the range that contains the lookup-value we are searching and the result we want to display.

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 12:09

In this case the lookup range is Sheet1!A:F

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 12:09

cause sheet1 column A contains names and column F contains numbers that we want to return against names.

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 12:09

Does it make sense?

User
06/03/2018 - 12:09

Yes it does

User
06/03/2018 - 12:10

i'm with you!

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 12:10

great.

User
06/03/2018 - 12:11

then?

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 12:12

third column number : column number is the index of the column of the lookup-range from where we want to return result. Our lookup range was A:F, so if we start counting index from column A as 1, then column F gets the index number 6, right? hence I wrote 6 in the formula.

User
06/03/2018 - 12:12

right

User
06/03/2018 - 12:12

and the last one?

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 12:13

hence, for the second formula column W gets the index 23.

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 12:13

yeah, the last one. match type.

User
06/03/2018 - 12:13

why is it false?

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 12:13

or lookup type.

User
06/03/2018 - 12:13

not true?

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 12:14

If we wanna perform a exact match of names then the type is false.

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 12:14

But if it is a partial match then the lookup type should be true.

User
06/03/2018 - 12:14

so what is true?

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 12:14

just answered.

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 12:14

:)

User
06/03/2018 - 12:14

so what is a partial match?

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 12:14

lets say name is Aa

Excelchat Expert
06/03/2018 - 12:15

now is we search with A, then we would get a match with exact match.

User
06/03/2018 - 12:15

Oh i see

User
06/03/2018 - 12:15

thanks

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