Can you use a negative number in the column field of a VLOOKUP?


Active Member
Apr 8, 2006

I am trying to do a vlookup, but the value I want to return is to the left of the table array. I can see the obvious problem that a VLOOKUP looks for a match in the first column of the defined range - but I was wondering if there was any way around this?

In case I haven't explained this very well (or incase there is an alternative solution not using VLOOKUP), what I am trying to do is:

I want to look at the value in cell C5. If it is a "1", I want "TRA" to appear in cell AC5. If it is a "2", I want "DUO" to appear in cell AC5. If it is a "3" I want "AZA" to appear in AC5. If it is a "4", I want "SYS" to appear in AC5.

Currently, the TRA, DUO, AZA, SYS are in the range B5:B8, hence the question about whether

would work. Any help would be greatly appreciated,


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Mar 7, 2010
The formula below should do the trick:


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