excell "@name" parameter used what is this?

Hello,

I am having excel document and in the excel document when the formula i used I see that I can use some defined parameter @VMname, which is the column name. Could you tell me how this is done?
You can see the attached screenshot for more information what I am talking about.
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dedriAsked:
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Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
The data to which the formula is referring is in an Excel table rather than standard list.

When you enter a formula inside a table, the formula will automatically populate the whole table and will refer to column headers rather than column/row references.

If the formula is outside of the table but referring to columns within the table, the formula will still use column headers but won't copy down automatically as the table expands.

Thanks
Rob H

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Saurabh Singh TeotiaCommented:
dedri,

This feature is enabled by converting your range to table..you can convert the range into table by selecting your range and then going into insert--->table and then defining your range in the same.

Now once you convert into table the cell of the column is refereed by the headername and automatically all the formulas are applied to all the range in the table..

You can refer to this link about how to create table in excel..

https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/Create-or-delete-an-Excel-table-in-a-worksheet-867f3add-0522-493c-94ab-b1b9933f46ca

Saurabh...
dedriAuthor Commented:
Thanks Rob, Saurabh,

I am trying to use  the formula which will calculate on multiple columns(VLOOKUP), but I am seeing this error : "Multi-cell array formula are not allowed in tables"(see attached screenshot). If I use the formula outside of the table I am not able to use the comumn name.
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Rory ArchibaldCommented:
The error means exactly what it says. You have to enter three separate formulas - one in each column.
Saurabh Singh TeotiaCommented:
Use this formula...

=vlookup([@serialnumber],Sheet2!A:D,COLUMN()-4,0)

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Saurabh...
dedriAuthor Commented:
nope, Saurabh,
I tried your formula inside the table and outside the table, the error messages are the same.
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Saurabh Singh TeotiaCommented:
Just apply the formula in 1 cell and then drag it to other cells and you won't get any error on the formula...

Saurabh...
Rory ArchibaldCommented:
FWIW, unless you are certain that no columns will ever be added to your sheet, I'd strongly suggest you don't use COLUMN() as a parameter for VLOOKUP.
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