# Excel - COLUMN Function Problem - Expert Solution

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On the sheet the named "Cycle Time", I need a formula in cell L3 that will search for the person's name in cell A3 in column P on the sheet named "Xactanalysis Raw Data" and return the earliest date in column Z of the "Xactanalysis Raw Data" sheet for that person's name back to cell L3 of "Cycle Time". I intend to copy this formula down the sheet.
Solved by G. J. in 16 mins
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Excelchat Expert 12/09/2018 - 02:55
HI
Excelchat Expert 12/09/2018 - 02:55
can you please share the excel with the data
User 12/09/2018 - 02:56
hang on trying to send in a link
User 12/09/2018 - 02:56
it wont let me paste the box link in the chat
User 12/09/2018 - 02:57
that is it in the spreadsheet window
Excelchat Expert 12/09/2018 - 02:57
let me try
Excelchat Expert 12/09/2018 - 02:58
its taking very long to load .. Do you mind if i download it and update the formula and send it to you
User 12/09/2018 - 02:58
that is fine. Did what I needed come through in the post a problem?
Excelchat Expert 12/09/2018 - 02:59
want to search person's name in A3 of cycle sheet in column p of Xactanalysis Raw Data
Excelchat Expert 12/09/2018 - 02:59
Get the min date and place it in L3
Excelchat Expert 12/09/2018 - 02:59
is that right
User 12/09/2018 - 03:00
yes
Excelchat Expert 12/09/2018 - 03:00
give me few min to work on the formula
Excelchat Expert 12/09/2018 - 03:06
i gave got the formula but cannot upload here as it is a macro file
Excelchat Expert 12/09/2018 - 03:06
https://www.dropbox.com/s/4tfodx1etvlrhi7/Hurricane%20Florence.xlsm?dl=0
Excelchat Expert 12/09/2018 - 03:06
can you try to download it from here
Excelchat Expert 12/09/2018 - 03:06
l3 formula =MIN(IF(\$A3='XactAnalysis Raw Data'!\$P\$2:\$P\$1537,'XactAnalysis Raw Data'!\$Z\$2:\$Z\$1537))
Excelchat Expert 12/09/2018 - 03:07
its an array formula so after entering the formula you have to click cntrl+shift+enter
User 12/09/2018 - 03:08
it downloaded let me look at it
User 12/09/2018 - 03:08
I figured it needed to be an array but I wasn't sure how to make it fine the earliest date
Excelchat Expert 12/09/2018 - 03:09
Min or small will work
User 12/09/2018 - 03:10
Thanks
Excelchat Expert 12/09/2018 - 03:10
:)
User 12/09/2018 - 03:10
I should have what I need to do what I need to next
Excelchat Expert 12/09/2018 - 03:11
Please do not forget to leave a feedback once you have clicked on end session
Excelchat Expert 12/09/2018 - 03:11
:)
User 12/09/2018 - 03:11
no problem
Excelchat Expert 12/09/2018 - 03:11
have a lovely day

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