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

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I need help with a vlookup type formula that will take a given name and reference it against a list of names in columns D-O. then take a given date and reference it against dates in columns A10-A440, then return the cell or its contents at the intersection of those that column and row.
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Excelchat Expert 16/03/2018 - 06:49
Hello, I understand that you need a lookup that works with the column and rows as well.
Excelchat Expert 16/03/2018 - 06:50
I can see that you are writing a sample data. Thank you. That would help.
User 16/03/2018 - 06:50
yes when i give it a name and a date i want it to return the hours they are working that day
Excelchat Expert 16/03/2018 - 06:50
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User 16/03/2018 - 06:51
ok great
Excelchat Expert 16/03/2018 - 06:51
Where will you write the name and date?
User 16/03/2018 - 06:51
it is on a separate sheet
Excelchat Expert 16/03/2018 - 06:51
I created a Sheet. 2. Please write the name and date in there.
Excelchat Expert 16/03/2018 - 06:51
That way, the formula can be as close as possible to your original file.
User 16/03/2018 - 06:52
the formula i have been attempting looks like htis
User 16/03/2018 - 06:52
Excelchat Expert 16/03/2018 - 06:52
I think that's overly complicated but we'll see.
User 16/03/2018 - 06:52
it has a number of nested formulas but i think it is just to involved
Excelchat Expert 16/03/2018 - 06:53
Won't it be better if the example you have will have different time per day?
Excelchat Expert 16/03/2018 - 06:53
Like in your example, bob always has 7a-5p so it shouldn't matter what date?
User 16/03/2018 - 06:53
the times are spread through out he whole year.
User 16/03/2018 - 06:54
i am making a schedule workbook that will help me make monthly schedules for my business. we work shift work on rotating two week schedules.
User 16/03/2018 - 06:55
i made a yearly master schedule that shows everybodys shifts they work for th entire year. i then have a sheet that pulls out one month based on the dates i have given it.
User 16/03/2018 - 06:55
peopls shifts change every two weeks
Excelchat Expert 16/03/2018 - 06:55
The formula that you need is in C2.
Excelchat Expert 16/03/2018 - 06:56
Basically, it checks what row the date is and what column the name was found.
Excelchat Expert 16/03/2018 - 06:56
As long as they match then it will return the cell where they will intersect.
User 16/03/2018 - 06:58
ok so the index is the locator and the match function matches the name first then teh date?
Excelchat Expert 16/03/2018 - 06:58
That's right.
Excelchat Expert 16/03/2018 - 06:59
You can see how it works via row 3.
Excelchat Expert 16/03/2018 - 06:59
I wrote the standalone MATCH() formulas in there.
Excelchat Expert 16/03/2018 - 06:59
So the first 1 says to go to ROW4 of the index()
Excelchat Expert 16/03/2018 - 06:59
And then column 3.
Excelchat Expert 16/03/2018 - 07:00
And the index is : Sheet1!\$A\$1:\$F\$4
User 16/03/2018 - 07:00
ok i think that will work. awesome thanks
Excelchat Expert 16/03/2018 - 07:00
You are welcome. I'm glad I could help!
Excelchat Expert 16/03/2018 - 07:00
Would there be anything else that I can help you with regards to the original question?
User 16/03/2018 - 07:00
is there a way to save this where i can access it once this chat is over?
Excelchat Expert 16/03/2018 - 07:01
One moment.
Excelchat Expert 16/03/2018 - 07:01
[Uploaded an Excel file]
Excelchat Expert 16/03/2018 - 07:01
Let me know once you've downloaded it.
User 16/03/2018 - 07:01
nevermind i found it. i really appreciate your help.
Excelchat Expert 16/03/2018 - 07:01
Alright, if you have no other questions regarding the original concern, I'd appreciate a 5-star rating if you think I deserve it. :)
Excelchat Expert 16/03/2018 - 07:02
I'll be giving you high ratings as well so the other experts will know that you are a good client and should be taken care of. :)
Excelchat Expert 16/03/2018 - 07:02
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User 16/03/2018 - 07:02
sounds good do i rate you hen its over?
Excelchat Expert 16/03/2018 - 07:02
Yes please. I'd really appreciate that.
User 16/03/2018 - 07:02
ok thanks have a great day
Excelchat Expert 16/03/2018 - 07:02
Thank you for contacting Got It Pro. Have an awesome day

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