Vlookup - 3 collumns


In the attached worksheet sheet 1 column A displays the list of customers. You will see there are duplicates of each customer throughout.

Sheet 2 displays the list of customers without the duplicates but also includes some other important information about each customer.

Column 'L' = customer name
Column 'M' = market category
column 'N' = rank


How do I match the information for each customer on sheet two to the customer names in sheet 1.

For example I want  DRAKE TOOLING & ABR. LT      Cutting Tools      28      

to display next to every duplicate row of DRAKE TOOLING in Sheet 1.

I want to do this for every customer.

I am a complete novice to excel. I believe it would involve using the vlookup function but I have little experience of this?
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Naresh PatelConnect With a Mentor TraderCommented:
Use this formula in Sheet 1 Column B

Cell B2 =VLOOKUP(A2,Sheet2!$A$1:$C$146,2,FALSE) and copy past formula till down

& in Cell C2 =VLOOKUP(A2,Sheet2!$A$1:$C$146,3,FALSE)

rob700Author Commented:
Could you explain the process taken to come to this formula so I am able to understand and apply the process myself next time?

Naresh PatelTraderCommented:

This is syntax for VLOOKUP Function.
VLOOKUP( value, table_array, index_number, [not_exact_match] )

Value =  value you wan tot look up in our case it is in sheet 1 - A2
Table Array = From which table you want to look up this value so it is in sheet 2 - A1:C146.
Index number = in table array which value want if look value found. in our case column number 2 & for Rating is Column number 3.
Not Exact Match = True or False, True will return to approx. match & False will return to exact match.

table array I had locked so it will remain freeze for formula drop down.

further help pls let me know. I glad to assist you.

Naresh PatelTraderCommented:
There are many thing in VLOOKUP it self you can use combination of VLOOKUP function with MATCH. or INDEX MATCH function if lookup value is not in column number one i.e. in table selected.

I preffer you use below formula I stead of simple one.
for B2 =IFERROR(VLOOKUP($A2,Sheet2!$A$1:$C$146,MATCH(B$1,Sheet2!$A$1:$C$1,0),FALSE),"")
for C2 =IFERROR(VLOOKUP($A2,Sheet2!$A$1:$C$146,MATCH(C$1,Sheet2!$A$1:$C$1,0),FALSE),"")

As if there is any error this that will return to "" in stead of error message & you have to give header in Sheet 1 so if change header it will change its values too.

More on VLOOKUP MATCH ? I will

I like itjockey's formula for cell B2.

I would note if the values in cell B1 on Sheet 1 does not match the value in cell B1 on Sheet 2 nothing will be displayed anything since the "IFERROR" function returns TRUE and the ,"") portion of the formula is executed.

I would suggest, changing the
,"") portion of the formula in B2 to read
CHAR(34) & B$1 & CHAR(34) & " not found on sheet2!")

This will let the user know not only that something is wrong but also what is wrong.

To enter the formula for C2, just copy the formula from B2 to C2.

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