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VLOOKUP help. Trying to input data from database into new table

Solved by S. Q. in 40 mins

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User
27/09/2018 - 12:55

Hi

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 12:55

Hi, welcome to Got it Pro-Excel!

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 12:55

According to my diagnosis, you need help with VLOOKUP, is that correct?

User
27/09/2018 - 12:55

Im looking to input data from a database into an excel sheet based on common items

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 12:56

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User
27/09/2018 - 12:56

ok

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 12:56

Let me ask you a couple of quick questions to make sure I fully understand your problem.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 12:56

When you say database, do you mean a database outside Excel application?

User
27/09/2018 - 12:56

no, my own databse ive created in excel

[Uploaded an Excel file]

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 12:56

Oh ok, that's clear.

User
27/09/2018 - 12:57

this is the sheet id like to input information into

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 12:57

Give me a moment to review your file.

User
27/09/2018 - 12:57

heres my database

User
27/09/2018 - 12:57

give me a second

User
27/09/2018 - 12:57

[Uploaded an Excel file]

User
27/09/2018 - 12:58

This is the database that id like to extract information from

User
27/09/2018 - 12:58

Now.... what i need to do is input the cost of an item into the new sheet based on the pricing i have in the database for each specific item

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 12:59

Ok, give me a moment to review your files.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:01

Please correct me if I'm wrong - You want the prices from the Pricing Database to be pulled into the 30 East Water St file, is that correct?

User
27/09/2018 - 01:01

yes

User
27/09/2018 - 01:01

into cells in Row D

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:02

So I'll replace your data in Column D at the moment?

User
27/09/2018 - 01:02

including what i already have in there

User
27/09/2018 - 01:02

if u scroll down, ive input about 100 items manually

User
27/09/2018 - 01:03

in Column D

User
27/09/2018 - 01:03

row 108

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:04

of the 30 East Water St?

User
27/09/2018 - 01:04

yes

User
27/09/2018 - 01:05

From D 108 Down, i need to input the price according to my database

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:05

Ok, I've checked 3 random items in here and none of them matches any items in your database.

User
27/09/2018 - 01:05

yes, its a working database

User
27/09/2018 - 01:06

id like to highlight ALL items, and IF they match in both sheets, then to pull the price

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:06

Oh ok. That makes sense.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:07

Based on what you’ve shared, you need a vlookup formula to be applied in Column D of 30 East Water St file and when it matches an item from the database, pull the price and highlight the item, do you believe that will address your problem?

User
27/09/2018 - 01:07

yes, but i dont need to highlight the item

User
27/09/2018 - 01:07

just to pull the price

User
27/09/2018 - 01:08

need to know soon

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:08

Oh ok ok,

User
27/09/2018 - 01:08

the items highlighted are just duplicates in conditional formatting

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:08

I’m going to apply the vlookup formula for you. This should take me a couple of minutes to finish.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:09

Just to confirm - I'm starting from row 108 up to the last cell?

User
27/09/2018 - 01:09

*DOWN to the last cell

User
27/09/2018 - 01:09

this isnt that difficult...

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:09

Yes, sorry for that mistake.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:09

Yes, I just wanted to confirm.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:12

Here's your file.

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Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:13

VLOOKUP formula was applied to row 108 down to the last cell before the total.

User
27/09/2018 - 01:14

the file wont open?

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:14

Can you provide more information on why it won't open?

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:15

Would you like to apply the formula from your end if I walk you through it?

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:16

Also, since the vlookup is referencing a table from a separate file, There might be issues with the table reference.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:17

Hi, are you still there?

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:18

I believe you got disconnected from our chat.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:19

You can use this formula on Cell D108 of 30 East Water St

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:19

=IFERROR(VLOOKUP(C108,'[Pricing Database.xlsx]Sheet1'!$C:$D,2,0),"")

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:20

Make sure you have your pricing database file open as well.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:20

That should answer your question.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:20

To explain how VLOOKUP formula works so you can do it by yourself moving forward.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:21

VLOOKUP is an Excel function to lookup and retrieve data from a specific column in table.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:21

The "V" stands for "vertical". Lookup values must appear in the first column of the table, with lookup columns to the right.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:22

How it works: Lookup a value in a table by matching on the first column.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:23

This is the syntax of VLOOKUP

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:23

=VLOOKUP (value, table, col_index, [range_lookup])

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:23

value - The value to look for in the first column of a table.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:23

table - The table from which to retrieve a value.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:23

col_index - The column in the table from which to retrieve a value.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:23

range_lookup - [optional] TRUE = approximate match (default). FALSE = exact match.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:24

To walk you through your actual formula.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:24

VLOOKUP(C108,'[Pricing Database.xlsx]Sheet1'!$C:$D,2,0)

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:24

I'll use our shared sheet for visual.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:26

If you'll look at column H in our shared sheet.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:26

It's a breakdown of the formula that I used in your file.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:27

The value that the function will be looking for is cell C108 of your 30 East Water St file.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:28

And since your item name and price of your Pricing Database file is in column C and D that will be your table to lookup from.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:28

Remember, the value that you're looking for must be in the first column of the table. Otherwise, vlookup won't work.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:29

col_index is the number of column from the first column of your table.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:30

Since your table is Columns C:D of Pricing Database file and you want to return the price which is placed in Column D of the Pricing Database file - it will be the 2nd column.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:30

C=1, D=2.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:30

Last will be the range_lookup.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:31

This is optional but by default it's set as TRUE - and you don't want that. We'll always need FALSE which should lookup the exact match.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:31

range_lookup only accepts TRUE or FALSE but since 0 is also equals to FALSE and 1 is equal to TRUE. We can also use 1 and 0.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:32

I believe that should assist you when you read this chat from your history.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:32

It's unfortunate that you got disconnected.

Excelchat Expert
27/09/2018 - 01:32

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