**VLOOKUP **is one of the primary function used for lookup and reference in Excel. One of the many limitations of VLOOKUP is its inability to work with multiple workbooks. This tutorial will walk through how to VLOOKUP with multiple workbooks.

*Figure 1. Example of How to Use VLOOKUP with Multiple Workbooks*

**The Generic Formula to use VLOOKUP across Multiple Workbooks**

**=VLOOKUP(lookup_value ,[workbook]sheet!range,col_num,match_type)**

**Setting up Data**

The following example consists of a product sales data set. It has two different workbooks to store the product information. The first workbook Products.xlsx has the product name and Ids.

* Figure 2. Product Information Workbook for VLOOKUP with Multiple Workbooks*

The second workbook Prices.xlsx has the prices for the corresponding IDs. We can find the price for Milk in the first workbook using VLOOKUP with a reference to the second workbook.

*Figure 3. Product Price Workbook for VLOOKUP with Multiple Workbooks*

Let us look at an example on how to find the sales of milk using VLOOKUP across these workbooks. To do that we need to:

- Go to cell F5.
- Assign the formula
**=VLOOKUP(B5,[Prices.xlsx]Sheet1!A2:B6,2,FALSE).** - Press
**Enter**to apply it to F5.

This will return the sales for milk in F5 using the two workbooks. The VLOOKUP formula helps to look up for the ID for milk in the prices workbook.

VLOOKUP is the most helpful function for lookup operations. VLOOKUP fails to perform lookup across multiple workbooks in its general format. But we learned in this tutorial how to change it to use VLOOKUP with multiple workbooks.

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