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

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I am getting an N/A from a vlookup formula and cannot figure out why
Solved by C. U. in 17 mins
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Excelchat Expert 22/03/2018 - 06:57
Hi...Welcome to Got it pro
User 22/03/2018 - 06:57
hello
Excelchat Expert 22/03/2018 - 06:57
can you share your data?
Excelchat Expert 22/03/2018 - 06:57
so that i can see how you are getting the error
User 22/03/2018 - 06:58
yes
User 22/03/2018 - 06:58
Excelchat Expert 22/03/2018 - 06:58
thanks
User 22/03/2018 - 07:01
ok
User 22/03/2018 - 07:01
I am trying to create a vlookup to link the first and last names with the serial numbers
Excelchat Expert 22/03/2018 - 07:02
which cell you are doing the vlookup formula?
User 22/03/2018 - 07:02
sheet 2, b column
Excelchat Expert 22/03/2018 - 07:02
ok i am looking at it
Excelchat Expert 22/03/2018 - 07:03
so you are looking up the number to fetch first and last name, is that correct?
User 22/03/2018 - 07:04
yes. I would like to pull the first and last names from sheet 1, and match them to their corresponding numbers on sheet 2
Excelchat Expert 22/03/2018 - 07:04
For Vlookup your lookup array has to be in the first column
Excelchat Expert 22/03/2018 - 07:04
So your serial number should be ideally in Column A in sheet 1
Excelchat Expert 22/03/2018 - 07:05
else you can't use vlookup
Excelchat Expert 22/03/2018 - 07:05
but there is another advanced look up formula which can fetch the results without any condition that vlookup has
Excelchat Expert 22/03/2018 - 07:05
let me show you that
Excelchat Expert 22/03/2018 - 07:06
or do you want to still use vlookup by moving serial numbers to the first column?
User 22/03/2018 - 07:06
we can move the numbers
Excelchat Expert 22/03/2018 - 07:06
ok
Excelchat Expert 22/03/2018 - 07:06
i will do the formula in B1
User 22/03/2018 - 07:07
ok
Excelchat Expert 22/03/2018 - 07:08
Please have a look
Excelchat Expert 22/03/2018 - 07:08
Does that work now?
User 22/03/2018 - 07:08
it only pulled the same names. they are all lara or lebowitz
Excelchat Expert 22/03/2018 - 07:10
yes i see that
Excelchat Expert 22/03/2018 - 07:10
hold on
Excelchat Expert 22/03/2018 - 07:12
Is it ok now?
User 22/03/2018 - 07:12
yes
User 22/03/2018 - 07:12
!
User 22/03/2018 - 07:13
Thank you!
Excelchat Expert 22/03/2018 - 07:13
Great...please rate me if I have sucessfully solved your query.
Excelchat Expert 22/03/2018 - 07:13
Thanks for your time. Please do come back for any new question. Have a great day ahead!
User 22/03/2018 - 07:13
Excelchat Expert 22/03/2018 - 07:13
User 22/03/2018 - 07:13
thank you very much
Excelchat Expert 22/03/2018 - 07:14
you are welcome
User 22/03/2018 - 07:14
where can I rate you
Excelchat Expert 22/03/2018 - 07:14
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