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Thanks for this idea, below. I'd never thought of naming an array, and you are right, it would seem to make both generating AND understanding formulae easier. Plus there's less room for error. In my case I frequently use the same array for a variety of vlookups, so the added step of naming could end up saving me some time as well.


On 2/15/14 2:55 AM, Jean-Francois Nifenecker wrote:
Le 14/02/2014 23:06, Carl Paulsen a écrit :
A few hints for vlookups:  I find I usually want to add "hard"
references for the array so that it always looks at the intended rows of
the array.  To do that, you need to add $ before each cell reference in
the array.  So if the array of the function is A1:C100, I enter it as
$A$1:$C$100.  This forces vlookup to always look at those cells
regardless of what row the calculation is happening on.
Another way of achieving that is to name the array. This has my
preference because a named array makes formulae easier to understand.


Carl Paulsen

Dover, NH 03820

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