output matched string value - vlookup multiple instances

doug firr

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I need the zip codes associated with a list of nine metro areas that I have. Examples of strings in my list are "Philadelphia", "Baltimore" etc.

I also have a table with two columns - zip codes and associated metro area of each Zip code for the entire USA.

What I'd like to do is have a table with the columns:

Metro Area (my 9 metro areas) | Zip Codes

Rather than using filters or pivots, is there a way to lookup my metro areas against the USA wide list and then output each zipcode that matches that string?
 

Mindpsyche

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Can you show us how your data is laid out? It seems like a straight forward lookup task, unless im missing something.
 

Aladin Akyurek

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I need the zip codes associated with a list of nine metro areas that I have. Examples of strings in my list are "Philadelphia", "Baltimore" etc.

I also have a table with two columns - zip codes and associated metro area of each Zip code for the entire USA.

What I'd like to do is have a table with the columns:

Metro Area (my 9 metro areas) | Zip Codes

Rather than using filters or pivots, is there a way to lookup my metro areas against the USA wide list and then output each zipcode that matches that string?
Would this...

http://www.mrexcel.com/forum/excel-questions/231882-vlookup-return-all-matches.html#post1133916

work for you?
 

doug firr

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Thats quite a forumula in that link! Was hoping for something more compact. I'm avoiding autofilter because I would like the work to be traceabile throughout the worksheet
 

Aladin Akyurek

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Thats quite a forumula in that link! Was hoping for something more compact. I'm avoiding autofilter because I would like the work to be traceabile throughout the worksheet
If you want to list the values from just one field (e.g., zip codes), the already quoted link provides what you need.
If you want to list the values of two or more fields, you'll need something like:

http://www.mrexcel.com/forum/excel-questions/307832-multiple-vlookups.html#post1511354 (post #3).

Note that these are standard formula systems.
 

T. Valko

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I need the zip codes associated with a list of nine metro areas that I have. Examples of strings in my list are "Philadelphia", "Baltimore" etc.

I also have a table with two columns - zip codes and associated metro area of each Zip code for the entire USA.

What I'd like to do is have a table with the columns:

Metro Area (my 9 metro areas) | Zip Codes

Rather than using filters or pivots, is there a way to lookup my metro areas against the USA wide list and then output each zipcode that matches that string?
Is something like this what you had in mind:

Lookup when there are multiple instances of the lookup value<br />
http://www.mrexcel.com/forum/showpost.php?p=2696961&postcount=3
 

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