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Posted on 2013-11-03
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I'm a database geek, but my Excel experience is extremely limited and I cannot get the syntax working properly on a VLookUp() function call.  It might have something to do with a space in a worksheet name of the first worksheet.

I have two worksheets in a workbook. The first is titled 'Gas 092013', the other is 'RAD_Gas_0913'.

I have inserted a column (P) into RAD_GAS_0913 and want to pull in the value from column J in 'Gas 092013' where the value in Column B matches column B in 'Rad_Gas_0913'.

I tried:

=IF(ISNA(VLOOKUP(B3,'Gas 092013'!$B:$J,10,FALSE)), "not found", VLOOKUP(B3,'Gas 092013'!$B:$J,10,FALSE))

If it makes a difference, the "data" in 'RAD_Gas_0913' starts on row 2 of the spreadsheet, but in 'Gas 092013', the data starts on row 9 and ends on row 605.
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by:Rgonzo1971
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Hi,

Maybe it is because you want the 9th column of the data not the  10th

=IF(ISNA(VLOOKUP(B3,'Gas 092013'!$B:$J,9,FALSE)), "not found", VLOOKUP(B3,'Gas 092013'!$B:$J,9,FALSE))

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Dale Fye (Access MVP) earned 0 total points
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Nah, that's not it, I already fixed that.

However, I realized that column B on the 'RAD_Gas_0913' is a number formatted as text, and should be a number, which is probably the problem.  So, how do I go about changing that that entire column to numbers, not text?

Using Value(B2) works, but I would prefer to just change that column from text to numeric.
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
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Try adding a zero by copy-pastespecial-add
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by:Rgonzo1971
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one way is to enter in a free cell a 1 and then copy it and use Paste Special Values Operation Multiply

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by:barry houdini
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In Excel 2007 you can use IFERROR function to avoid repeating the VLOOKUP in your formula, i.e.

=IFERROR(VLOOKUP(B3,'Gas 092013'!$B:$J,9,FALSE),"not found")

To convert a text-formatted number column to numbers try using "Text to columns" functionality.

Select your column of data > On Data tab select "Text to columns" > Finish

Now your VLOOKUP should work

regards, barry
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by:Rob Henson
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If you have Error Reporting enabled, the cells with numbers as text will have a green triangle in the top left hand corner. When you click on the cell a drop down will appear to the left which when clicked will show an option to conevrt to number.

If you highlight the whole range and select this on the first selected cell it will convert all of them.

Seems quicker than having to do the Text to Columns or copy and pasting.

Thanks
Rob H
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by:Dale Fye (Access MVP)
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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for fyed's comment #a39620270
Assisted answer: 250 points for robhenson's comment #a39624015

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Thanks, Rob.  That was what I was looking for for the conversion.  I had over 500 rows and was trying to figure out how to do it all at once.
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by:Rob Henson
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If that was what you were looking for, why close the question? Accept my suuggestion as your solution.
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by:Dale Fye (Access MVP)
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Well, Rob, my question was about getting the VLOOKUP to work, and I achieved that myself.  I could have just closed the post.  However, your post was helpful for future use, so I awarded you 250 points.
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by:Rob Henson
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Apologies, hadn't spotted the split of points. A moderator will have to get involved to reduce the points to be allocated for the solution.

Alternatively, share the 500 points with myself and Barry who also provided a solution on the vlookup issue.

Thanks
Rob H
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