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How do I lookup and return an answer to a formula when I want it to do a partial match? Say one spreadsheet has spf1234 and I want it to pull in an answer matching just "1234".

Solved by B. W. in 19 mins

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Excelchat Expert
30/07/2018 - 02:15

Hello!

Excelchat Expert
30/07/2018 - 02:15

Welcome!

User
30/07/2018 - 02:15

Hello!

Excelchat Expert
30/07/2018 - 02:16

For your question, does the partial match alway consistent

Excelchat Expert
30/07/2018 - 02:16

Or they are case by case

Excelchat Expert
30/07/2018 - 02:16

?

User
30/07/2018 - 02:16

case by case

User
30/07/2018 - 02:16

spreadsheet of 6,000+ rows

User
30/07/2018 - 02:17

I have two spreadsheets. An original from a customer and then mine with all the data I want to pull in,

Excelchat Expert
30/07/2018 - 02:17

Ok

Excelchat Expert
30/07/2018 - 02:17

I see

User
30/07/2018 - 02:18

I thought lookup but that isn't working because the customer spreadsheet has different prefixes on the part#s I need to reference

User
30/07/2018 - 02:18

vlookup

User
30/07/2018 - 02:18

and the prefixes they've added aren't all the same.

Excelchat Expert
30/07/2018 - 02:19

Ok

Excelchat Expert
30/07/2018 - 02:19

That will be problematic

User
30/07/2018 - 02:19

Whew! At least I'm not stupid!

User
30/07/2018 - 02:19

Kinda wish I was missing something though. Lol

User
30/07/2018 - 02:20

Basically I need to know if I can write a formula that returns a value from another spreadsheet if a cell contains matching data.

User
30/07/2018 - 02:20

hence the spf1234 vs. 1234

Excelchat Expert
30/07/2018 - 02:20

Well....Since your string will not be consistent

Excelchat Expert
30/07/2018 - 02:21

That will be very unstable

Excelchat Expert
30/07/2018 - 02:21

Even if we use certain string finding functions in excel

User
30/07/2018 - 02:22

So no real fix?

Excelchat Expert
30/07/2018 - 02:22

Not really....

User
30/07/2018 - 02:23

Okay. Thank you!

Excelchat Expert
30/07/2018 - 02:24

No problem!

Excelchat Expert
30/07/2018 - 02:24

Hope you have a great night and solve this issue in a better approach!

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