#Office365Challenge VLOOKUPS are used to retrieve data from other tables or ranges by row. A common field is needed to match and return stated values.

Day: 163 of 365, 202 left
Tools: Microsoft Office Excel
Description: Using VLOOKUP in Excel

In my example I have 3 different tabs in Excel. Once where I will populate an invoice, one where I will find unit of measure and price and another where the stock is found.

In the Invoice section – I would like to “lookup” the Unit of measure, Rate and Stock from the other sheets:


Here you’ll see the Unit of Measure and Rate:


And here we’ll find the available stock:


  • Format the cells in the Invoice areas to correctly display the data you will bring back
  • The text it must match – must always be in the leftmost column of the table – to retrieve data to the right of it.

How to:

When you start to type ‘VLOOKUP’ Excel will supply a definition of the formula:


Take note of the use of “,” or “;” in the formula.


You need to select the field to find (A3):


Enter a “;” or comma after the A3 cell, now navigate to sheet 2 – select the whole table:


Enter a “;” or comma after the table selection, add a “2” to indicate which column to return after it found the name in the product column, add “;” or comma then false at the end (for when no values are found):


The unit will now be returned. I’ve fixed the table (A3:C7) by adding “$” before and after and can now copy and paste this formula to all the Units of Measure and Rate cells:


Remember to change the column reference under Rate from “2” to “3”. Now do the same for Stock Available:


I would suggest getting all the product names with Data validation – list. This will eliminate typos and formulas then not working. To see how to do this, read here…

Join me tomorrow when we’ll take a look at VLOOKUP formulas.

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Keep in mind that these tips and tricks do not only apply to Office 365 – but where applicable, to the overall Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint.