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Old April 22nd, 2010, 12:16 PM posted to microsoft.public.excel.worksheet.functions
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while performing vlookup, if the lookup value has two records in a column,
how to identify the first and second one.
Old April 22nd, 2010, 12:27 PM posted to microsoft.public.excel.worksheet.functions
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Your a bit short on detail but here's a lookup that will find the first and
other matches. It's an ARRAY formula see below on how to enter it.

The lookup value is in E1 and it looks up column A and returns column B

Array enter the formula and it will return the first match. Drag down for
the second match and third match etc. It will return blanks when the matches
run out.

=IF(ROWS(B$1:B1)=COUNTIF($A$1:$A$20,$E$1),INDEX($ B$1:$B$20,SMALL(IF($A$1:$A$20=$E$1,ROW($A$1:$A$20)-ROW($E$1)+1),ROWS(B$1:B1))),"")

This is an array formula which must be entered by pressing CTRL+Shift+Enter
and not just Enter. If you do it correctly then Excel will put curly brackets
around the formula {}. You can't type these yourself. If you edit the formula
you must enter it again with CTRL+Shift+Enter.

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"siva_vlookup" wrote:


while performing vlookup, if the lookup value has two records in a column,
how to identify the first and second one.


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