How do you vlookup a blank lookup value?

PATSYS

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One of the values in my array is blank. Now I want to vlookup this blank i.e. =VLOOKUP("",A1:B7,2,FALSE) but it returns error #N/A.

Help.

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PATSYS

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Try

=INDEX(B1:B7,MATCH(TRUE,A1:A7="",0))

confirmed with CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER

Hey man,

Is there a way to go without using array formula? The reason being that I wil using is as formula to name a range and I do not think array formulas are accepted in the "Refers to" box in naming ranges.

Thanks
 

Gates Is Antichrist

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You can "cheat" by inserting a hidden column A...

A1 = if (B1=""," ",b1)

Blanks work. "" doesn't. Or you can simply replace any "" with " " in your lookup range, and vlookup that.
 

barry houdini

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Is there a way to go without using array formula? The reason being that I wil using is as formula to name a range and I do not think array formulas are accepted in the "Refers to" box in naming ranges.

You can try

=INDEX(B1:B7,MATCH(TRUE,INDEX(A1:A7="",0),0))
 

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