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    How do you do a vlookup with a partial match?

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    You can do a partial match using wildcards.

    The asterisk represents the same thing that it did in the good 'ol days of DOS. Similarly, both DOS and Excel will treat the question mark (?) as a wildcard that represents exactly one character.

    In A1:A10, put a list of names (make one of those names Michael).

    In cell C1 put =VLOOKUP(B1,A1:A10,1,FALSE), where B1 is the lookup value.

    To lookup Michael, in B1 put "Mi*" (without the apostrophes).

    An alternative formula is:

    =INDEX(A1:A10,MATCH(B1,A1:A10,0))

    Regards,

    Mike

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    FYI Spockster, Mike's advice on INDEX MATCH is a good alternative to VLOOKUP. It's much faster on larger spreadsheets.

    =INDEX(A1:A10,MATCH(B1,A1:A10,0))

    Darin

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    Thanks for the help.

    I have one more question? If i want to look up info in more than one cell, for instants one cell has last name and another cell has first name. How do i do the match using these two cells?

    Thanks once again for all your help

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