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What is wrong with this VLOOKUP formula in Excel 2007?

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I can't find anything wrong with this formula:

=IFERROR(VLOOKUP(C1;Travbanor!A6:C100;3;FALSE);"")

But it doesn't return the value from column 3 on the tab "Travbanor".
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by:DPatel
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=IFERROR(VLOOKUP(C1,Travbanor!A6:C100,3,FALSE),"")

The issue is in parameter seperator.
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by:hermesalpha
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I have to use semicolon in my operative system.
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by:Pratima Pharande
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I tried its working for me - below one

=IFERROR(VLOOKUP(C1,Travbanor!A6:C100,3,FALSE),0)
see attached excel

Atatch your excel file if still you face issue
New-Microsoft-Excel-Worksheet.xlsx
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by:DPatel
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Yes its working.

It shows "3" as an output of the formula in A Column.
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Subodh Tiwari (Neeraj) earned 500 total points
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In the VlookUp formula, your lookup value is C1.
Are you sure that your lookup value is found in column A of Travbanor Sheet?

Remember that in VlookUp function, the lookup value should always be in the first column of the table array.
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by:DPatel
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Then you will have to change list separator to ";" instead.

To do so, open Region and Settings
Go to Change Date, Time and Number Formats
Click on Advance Settings and there you will find List Separator Field.
Change it to ";"

Then Try!!!
Inform whether its working or not.
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by:DPatel
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Hi Neeraj,

I found the lookup value in cell C1.

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by:hermesalpha
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Subodh, you were right, I didn't have the lookup value in the first column of the table. After I changed according to that it worked fine.
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by:Subodh Tiwari (Neeraj)
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Glad your issue is resolved.
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by:hermesalpha
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Just a sidenote: Now I want to have a return value from a column to the left of the lookup column. I guess this isn't possible with VLOOKUP, but what function can I use for that then?
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by:hermesalpha
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I just found the answer here:

http://www.excel-university.com/how-to-return-a-value-left-of-vlookups-lookup-column/

It seems I should use Match function for looking up a value in the column to the left.
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by:Subodh Tiwari (Neeraj)
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In that case try Index/Match.

Lets say you want to return the value from col. B on Travbanor Sheet where C1 is found in col. C on Travbanor Sheet, your formula should be like this....
=IFERROR(INDEX(Travbanor!$B$6:$B$100,MATCH(C1,Travbanor!$C$6:$C$100,0)),"")

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by:Rob Henson
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Or you can use just LOOKUP function:

=LOOKUP(LookupValue,LookupRange,ReturnRange)

ReturnRange can be to left or right of LookupRange.

It can also be used for rows and ReturnRange can be above LookupRange.

Also, the two ranges, one can be a row and the other can be a column so long as both ranges are the same size.
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