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I’m trying to create a formula in Excel and I am having problems with it - think from previous posts it is a vlookup but can't get this to work as I hoped it would.

In sheet 1 (called raw data (2)) I have lots of cells with data.
In sheet 2 I have some of this data and blank cells. I need to look at sheet 1 column B and see if it matches any cells in Sheet 2 column B. If it does match then I need to take results from sheet 1 columns G to AA and input these into sheet 2 columns E to Y.

I created a vlookup with the formula =VLOOKUP(B3,'RawData (2)'!B2:B6659,7,FALSE) to try to enter the first result into sheet 2 column E. This gives me a N/A result despite my knowing that cell B3 does have a matching result in sheet 1.

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Are you sure that it’s giving you #N/A and not #REF?  Because #REF is the expected result of the fact that your “table_array” (the second argument to VLOOKUP) doesn’t include the data that you want to retrieve, e.g.,

=VLOOKUP(B3, 'RawData (2)'!B2:AA6659, 7, FALSE)

Also, if you want to get the value from column G, the third argment should be 6, as this is counted relative to the B column (i.e., column B is number 1).  Also, you’ll want to make the row and column numbers absolute ($B3, $B$2, and $AA$6659) before you try to fill Sheet2 with this formula.

Did you deliberately mis-match the row numbers (2 ≠ 3)?

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Your lookup range is just in one column (B2:B6659) but you've asked it to get the answer from the 7th column across.


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