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I have a task of taking information from say spreadsheet A, i.e., two columns name and number

 Smith,joe | 3446

and comparing and entering the number field into the matching person on a separate spreadsheet.

Can anyone tell me a simple way in which to do this.

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Assuming the name you want to search for and the name as it appears in the lookup table are identical, you'll want to use a VLOOKUP formula:


As an example, if your name is in cell A2 and the reference table is on Sheet2 (with column A containing the name, column B containing the number, and the table spreading from row 1 to 900), your formula would look like this:


Note the dollar signs in the formula - these "lock" references, so you can copy the formula elsewhere without the reference moving about.

The "False" tells the formula to look only for exact matches.

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You beat me to it! +1 – skub Aug 9 '11 at 19:27
Luck of the draw - I just happened to be passing through. – variant Aug 9 '11 at 19:28

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