**Question description:**

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can i create a formula to cross reference data from 2 different workbooks?
ie if a number appears in column one in workbook 1 then input the data related to that number into a separate workbook?

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Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 11:20

Welcome, Thanks for choosing Got It Pro-Excel.

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 11:21

I understand that you need help with formulas

User
21/08/2017 - 11:22

yes!

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 11:22

Are you currently working on MS Excel or Google Sheets?

User
21/08/2017 - 11:22

ms excel

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 11:23

Can you explain further what you're expected output?

User
21/08/2017 - 11:25

i need to be able to create a formula to pick out data from one workbook and IF true then transfer data to another workbook is that doable? also im complete beginner re formula and this is fairly complex

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 11:26

What data exactly are we looking at? I renamed Sheet1 as Workbook1

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 11:26

and created a 2nd sheet and renamed it Workbook2 so we can replicate what you want (just using different sheets.

User
21/08/2017 - 11:30

essentially i need to lookup the number in workbook one and if correct complete the customer hire and off hire dates to workbook 2?

User
21/08/2017 - 11:30

does that make sense?

User
21/08/2017 - 11:30

i have 250000 entries that i have to manually sort and transfer info between the 2 workbooks!

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 11:31

just the customer hire and off hire dates?

User
21/08/2017 - 11:31

yes

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 11:31

Looks like you also have Customer column there

User
21/08/2017 - 11:32

customer, hire and off hire dates from the number

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 11:32

Got that.

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 11:32

Entering Explanation Phase

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 11:34

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1q0dnBxXooeIDkktgmBmCr_kzJHsVw_SeLppTuU1EgMU/edit?usp=sharing

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21/08/2017 - 11:34

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21/08/2017 - 11:34

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Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 11:36

Hi

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 11:36

Do you have the same field name for your fields?

User
21/08/2017 - 11:36

can do

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 11:36

What do you mean?

User
21/08/2017 - 11:37

yes i do

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 11:37

Oh ok.

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 11:37

Because if the fields are completely the same then we can use a dynamic formula

User
21/08/2017 - 11:38

yes exactly the same

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 11:39

Can you look at Workbook2?

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 11:39

And look at cell B2

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 11:39

Do you see that it came back as error?

User
21/08/2017 - 11:40

YES

Excelchat Expert
21/08/2017 - 11:40

That's because the header is "CUSTOMER "

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