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Ive set up a lookup table for assets but a discrepancy with asset numbering format is creating problems.
The lookup table has data in which the asset number has a letter followed by 3 digits.  eg A001
But the lookup value is A1.  I want to be able to recognise A001 as the same asset number.
How do I do this?
Is it best to convert one set of the asset numbers into the same format as the other?
If so, how do I do this? say A001 to A1
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Subodh Tiwari (Neeraj) earned 2000 total points
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Yes it is best to have the same format at both the places to avoid the problems by not making simple vlookup formula complex.

Assuming your asset number is in A2, then

If asset number always contain 3 digits, try this.....
=LEFT(A2,1)&RIGHT(A2,3)+0

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If asset number may contain more than 3 digits also, try this...
=LEFT(A2,1)&RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-1)+0

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Thanks for prompt response
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You're welcome. Glad to help.
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