transposing data between two excel spreadsheets

i have three columns in each spreasheet.

both have account number and serial number as the columns and description as third column

the serial number column has the same data in both columns.
the account numbers have different formats
the descriptions are completely different

i need the account numbers to transpose between the spreadsheets base on the serial number

example
spreadsheet 1

acctno         serialno   description
aaa0001a      4444          orange

spreadsheet 2

acctno        serial no   description
10001001a   4444         fruit

desired output

10001001a   4444  orange
jamesmetcalf74Asked:
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DougCommented:
So, you're just interested in the account numbers that are on spreadsheet 2?

Do all serial #s on spreadsheet 1 correspond to a serial number on spreadsheet 2?

Any chance you could post your spreadsheet?
jamesmetcalf74Author Commented:
here you go.
example of ingredients and desired output
experts-exchange-example.xlsx
DougCommented:
Okay, I'm attaching my solution.  You noted that each list is in a separate spreadsheet so I gave you two solutions.

First, on sheet 1, the formula will be in column K.

For what I am guessing is a more real world solution (separate sheets), the formula is on sheet 3 in column C.

The purpose of spreadsheet 1 seems to be just the source for the acctno and serial # columns in the desired result.

See what you think.
experts-exchange-example_bugdrown.xlsx

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