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OK guys...I am back.

I am needing a formula to essentially look at an accounting code and return the name of the project. I have posted a couple of other questions with similiar requests, but everytime I try to manipulate other formulas, I am getting circular reference warnings. See the attached. I was able to essentionally use a Index Match, but am returning two values that I dont need (see the yellow. Is there a way to reference the accounting code without running into a circular reference error?
EX-Exch-Test-3111.xlsx
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by:jppinto
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Not sure what you're trying to do here. If you want for example to put a code on a cell and get the corresponding project name of that code, please check the attached example (yellow cell) to see if this is what you want.

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by:barry houdini
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Are you just trying to recreate the projects from column A. Given your example you could just return all the values beginning with "Project" - would that work on your data, or are the project names different in reality?

If you want to do that then you could use this formula in A4

=INDEX(Projects!$A$4:$A$44,SMALL(IF(LEFT(Projects!$A$4:$A$44,7)="Project",ROW(Projects!$A$4:$A$44)-ROW(Projects!A$4)+1),ROWS(A$4:A4)))

confirmed with CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER and copied down, see attached

regards, barry
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by:wrt1mea
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Barryhoudini,

Returning all the values with "Project" wouldnt work because they arent the real project name. I have replaced production data with example data.
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by:wrt1mea
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jppinto,

I cannot add a preceding column. In a nutshell, what I am trying to do is get the project name based off of the Code number. Thats pretty much it. When I try, I get circular error messages.
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OK, then perhaps you can return every column A value (from A4 on) with an entry in column B, so that would make the formula like this

=IFERROR(INDEX(Projects!$A$4:$A$44,SMALL(IF(Projects!$B$4:$B$44<>"",ROW(Projects!$A$4:$A$44)-ROW(Projects!A$4)+1),ROWS(A$4:A4))),"")

still confirmed with CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER

barry
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by:barry houdini
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>what I am trying to do is get the project name based off of the Code number

but the codes don't match do they? In Summary B4 the code is 90010, where does that code appear in Project sheet? If it did appear then you could use a simpe INDEX/MATCH like

=INDEX(Projects!B$4:B$44,MATCH(B4,Projects!B$4:B$44,0))

but in your data as it stands that'll give #N/A

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by:wrt1mea
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Works great! you really should teach this stuff to people like me...

Thanks again for all the help and support.
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by:barry houdini
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sorry, typo, the INDEX/MATCH would be

=INDEX(Projects!B$4:B$44,MATCH(B4,Projects!B$4:B$44,0))

barry
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