Excel - Help on VLOOKUP Problem - Expert Solution

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I need help with a vlookup for multiple duplicate references
Solved by M. D. in 16 mins
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Excelchat Expert 30/08/2018 - 01:03
Hello! How are you?
User 30/08/2018 - 01:03
Hello, I'm well, how are you?
Excelchat Expert 30/08/2018 - 01:04
I'm good. Thanks
Excelchat Expert 30/08/2018 - 01:04
Could you please elaborate further on the duplicate references and provide an example so I could better understand the problem and ask?
User 30/08/2018 - 01:06
So I have a document that has codes, but multiples of the same codes. I am trying to run a vlookup to pull a piece of information from a second sheet, using the code as the reference, but the second sheet does not list the duplicates.
Excelchat Expert 30/08/2018 - 01:06
Could you please share the file with me?
User 30/08/2018 - 01:07
I need a formula to find the piece of information tied to the code, instead of the cell position
Excelchat Expert 30/08/2018 - 01:08
I'll be at a better position to help you if I am able to see the actual data structure and better understand how the duplicates are affecting your vlookup.
Excelchat Expert 30/08/2018 - 01:08
You may send the file as an attachment to the chat by clicking the paperclip button to the right of the chatbox
User 30/08/2018 - 01:08
Sure, one sec
User 30/08/2018 - 01:10
Okay, I have it attached
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Excelchat Expert 30/08/2018 - 01:10
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Excelchat Expert 30/08/2018 - 01:11
Okay - which sheets should I be looking at?
User 30/08/2018 - 01:12
So in the "Automated Access Request" sheet, I'm using the Concatenated cells as the initial reference.
User 30/08/2018 - 01:13
I need to pull the "Manager" from the WIP sheet based on the Concatenated code. There should only be one instance of each code in the WIP sheet
Excelchat Expert 30/08/2018 - 01:14
So you need column B in the "Automated Access Request" sheet, right?
User 30/08/2018 - 01:14
Yup, that's where I need to put the information
Excelchat Expert 30/08/2018 - 01:15
Could you please check attached?
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User 30/08/2018 - 01:17
Wow that was fast! I can see where I was going wrong. I was trying to do IF Vlookups instead of indexes
Excelchat Expert 30/08/2018 - 01:17
For rows with #N/A, that means that it cannot be found from your list of identified references in column A ("WIP sheet")
User 30/08/2018 - 01:17
Yeah and there's bound to be a few like that
User 30/08/2018 - 01:17
But that is exactly what I was looking for
Excelchat Expert 30/08/2018 - 01:18
Yes - i try to avoid using VLOOKUP because it can be very taxing to your process (e.g., makes your computations slower to load)
Excelchat Expert 30/08/2018 - 01:18
Cool. Happy to help :)
Excelchat Expert 30/08/2018 - 01:18
Anything you wish to clarify on the solution provided?
User 30/08/2018 - 01:19
Nope, it makes sense to me, I was just hung up on those dumb vlookups lol
User 30/08/2018 - 01:19
Thank you!

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