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Posted on 2013-12-05
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Hi Guys, I have this Vlookup which is not working due to the 256 character limit. I understand Index Match has no 256 limit, buy will it work looking up another file? Here's my current Vlookup:

=IF(ISNA(VLOOKUP($B556,'[Murex BS rec breaks - 031213.xlsm]Rec'!$B:$AL,AD$1,FALSE)),IF($J556="","NEW",IF(ISNA(VLOOKUP($C556,'[Murex BS rec breaks - 031213.xlsm]Rec'!$C:$AL,AD$1-1,FALSE)),"NEW",VLOOKUP($C556,'[Murex BS rec breaks - 031213.xlsm]Rec'!$C:$AL,AD$1-1,FALSE))),VLOOKUP($B556,'[Murex BS rec breaks - 031213.xlsm]Rec'!$B:$AL,AD$1,FALSE))
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Question by:Justincut
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by:NBVC
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That would be translated to:

=IF(ISNA(INDEX('[Murex BS rec breaks - 031213.xlsm]Rec'!$B:$AL,MATCH(TRUE,INDEX('[Murex BS rec breaks - 031213.xlsm]Rec'!$B:$B=$B556,0),0),AD$1)),IF($J556="","NEW",IF(ISNA(INDEX('[Murex BS rec breaks - 031213.xlsm]Rec'!$C:$AL,MATCH(TRUE,INDEX('[Murex BS rec breaks - 031213.xlsm]Rec'!$C:$C=$C556,0),0),AD$1-1)),"NEW",INDEX('[Murex BS rec breaks - 031213.xlsm]Rec'!$C:$AL,MATCH(TRUE,INDEX('[Murex BS rec breaks - 031213.xlsm]Rec'!$C:$C=$C556,0),0),AD$1-1))),INDEX('[Murex BS rec breaks - 031213.xlsm]Rec'!$B:$AL,MATCH(TRUE,INDEX('[Murex BS rec breaks - 031213.xlsm]Rec'!$B:$B=$B556,0),0),AD$1))

But remember, that this is an array formula that you don't need to confirm with CSE keys, but you should make the lookup ranges defined sizes, not large (whole column ranges).
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by:Justincut
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What are CSE keys?
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by:NBVC
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Sorry,  that means CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER (these keys must used together to confirm array formulas)... but in the formula I provided it is not necessary.
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andrew_man earned 500 total points
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1) The file name is too long!
2) False to 0
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by:Justincut
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Hi Andy, is there a more simplistic Index Match formula then this one:=IF(ISNA(INDEX('[Murex BS rec breaks - 031213.xlsm]Rec'!$B:$AL,MATCH(TRUE,INDEX('[Murex BS rec breaks - 031213.xlsm]Rec'!$B:$B=$B556,0),0),AD$1?
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