# Looking up a value in the second column and returning the value into the first column

#### tbrinton

##### New Member
Good afternoon,

I have a spreadsheet with two different tabs. This is for school bus info for context. I am trying to have one tab sort by Route Number and the second tab use the same data to sort by Bus Number. I want both tabs to pull their data from a third tab, which would allows us to make changes on just the 3rd tab and have it automatically update tabs 1 and 2. I have the columns arranged on tab 3 by Route Number, Bus Number, and Driver Name. The first tab is an easy enough VLOOKUP command, but I cant seem to get the second tab to work, since VLOOKUP has trouble looking at a column that isn't the far left column. Is there a formula I can use where it pulls the second column for bus number and returns the route number in the first column?

Code for VLOOKUP in first tab: =IFERROR(VLOOKUP(A3,'Long List'!\$A\$1:\$C\$270,2,FALSE),"")

The tabs names are 'Busses by Route #', 'Busses by Bus #', and 'Long List'. I want both Busses tabs to pull their data from Long List.

I saw a similar thread that mentioned INDEX and MATCH. I tried this code out, but it doesnt work if the bus number moves on Long List.
=INDEX('Long List'!\$A\$1:\$A\$272,MATCH('Busses by Bus #'!\$B\$2,'Long List'!\$B\$1:\$B\$272,0))

#### tbrinton

##### New Member
That's what it should do. If it's not you will need to post some data from both sheets, we cannot debug images.
Sorry for the delayed response. I had to wait to get home before I could download the addon. I am trying to use it, but my excel keeps freezing too

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#### tbrinton

##### New Member
Bus Route Listing.xlsx
ABCDEFGHIJK
1RTEBUS #DRIVER RTEBUS #DRIVER RTEBUS #DRIVER
2#N/A401OPENC19808OPENS1215-09OPEN
3N39402OPENS46809OPENN3315-10OPEN
4N48404OPENC23810OPENC0816-01OPEN
5S37405OPENS31811OPENN2616-02OPEN
6C34407OPENS33812OPENS1516-03OPEN
7S25408OPENSub815OPENN0616-04OPEN
8SUB410OPENN43816OPENN1816-05OPEN
9SUB411OPENC24817OPENN5216-06OPEN
10SUB412OPENC25819OPENS0616-07OPEN
Busses by Bus #
Cell Formulas
RangeFormula
A2A2=INDEX('Long List'!\$A\$1:\$A\$272,MATCH(B2,'Long List'!\$B\$1:\$B\$272,0))
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#### tbrinton

##### New Member
Bus Route Listing.xlsx
ABC
1ROUTEBUS #DRIVER
2B0119-72OPEN
3B02912OPEN
4B0317-11OPEN
5B04805OPEN
6B0519-66OPEN
7B0619-74OPEN
8B0717-13 915OPEN
9B0819-63OPEN
10B0919-71OPEN
11B1019-58OPEN
12B1119-75OPEN
13B1219-78OPEN
14B1319-70OPEN
15B1419-64OPEN
16B15611OPEN
17B1619-67OPEN
18B1710-12OPEN
19B1819-77OPEN
20B1916-17OPEN
21B20916OPEN
22B2110-14OPEN
23B22914OPEN
24B23913OPEN
Long List
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A11Cell Valuecontains "(LOA)"textNO
A11Cell Valuecontains "OPEN"textNO
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#### Fluff

##### MrExcel MVP, Moderator
Thanks for that, I suspect that the problem is that you have a mix of numbers & text, try
Excel Formula:
``=XLOOKUP(B2&"",'Long List'!\$B\$2:\$B\$300&"",'Long List'!\$A\$2:\$A\$300,"n/a",0)``

#### tbrinton

##### New Member

Thanks for that, I suspect that the problem is that you have a mix of numbers & text, try
Excel Formula:
``=XLOOKUP(B2&"",'Long List'!\$B\$2:\$B\$300&"",'Long List'!\$A\$2:\$A\$300,"n/a",0)``
I plugged that formula in and I am getting a return of #NAME?

#### Fluff

##### MrExcel MVP, Moderator
That suggests that either you are not running xl365, or you are missing a number of updates.
Excel Formula:
``=INDEX('Long List'!\$A\$1:\$A\$300,MATCH(B2&"",'Long List'!\$B\$1:\$B\$300&"",0))``

#### tbrinton

##### New Member
That suggests that either you are not running xl365, or you are missing a number of updates.
Excel Formula:
``=INDEX('Long List'!\$A\$1:\$A\$300,MATCH(B2&"",'Long List'!\$B\$1:\$B\$300&"",0))``
No luck on that either. Displays #NA

#### Fluff

##### MrExcel MVP, Moderator
It works for me
+Fluff 1.xlsm
ABC
1RTEBUS #DRIVER
2B2110-14OPEN
3B02912OPEN
4B0317-11OPEN
5B0519-66OPEN
6B0717-13 915OPEN
7B1019-58OPEN
8B15611OPEN
9B1710-12OPEN
10B1219-78OPEN
Master
Cell Formulas
RangeFormula
A2:A10A2=INDEX('Long List'!\$A\$1:\$A\$300,MATCH(B2&"",'Long List'!\$B\$1:\$B\$300&"",0))

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