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Dave Liesse has written on 2/10/2014 4:00 PM:
The first problem I see is that your lookup value -- in this case the ID 
number -- has to be the first column in the lookup array.

Interesting. I don't think I've ever seen that stated.

Using your specific example, the VLOOKUP function would be used in 
column E of Sheet 2.  

So I type the VLOOKUP into a cell in E. Where do I enter the ID code?

This can be set up in advance, but you'll need to use an exact lookup 
unless you know you exact lookup range ahead of time (in which case you 
don't need to worry about searching an empty area).

??? Is there a problem if I overstate the size of the lookup area???


On 2/10/2014 12:03, Pikov Andropov wrote:
Something is not working for me. Hope someone can help.

I have a two-sheeted speadsheet.

Sheet 1 has three columns as follows:
     A. Name
     B. Price (ignorable as far as this example is concerned)
     C. ID number

Sheet 2 has three columns as follows:
     A. Item Code
     B. Item description
     C. Minimum bid (ignorable as far as this example is concerned)

The operator will be given a piece of paper with an Item code, an ID
number and a price. I would like him to be able to look up an Item code
in Sheet 2 and then, in that row, enter the ID number (column D?). A
VLOOKUP formula would paste the Name into an available column (E?) and
the operator would enter the price into the next column (F?).

Where do I type the =VLOOKUP formula?

Can I save the sheet with the formula so I can set this strategy up
ahead of time?

How do I get the formula to apply properly to every row?

What should the initial formula look like?

Thank you.

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