# Question, hopefully an easy answer

#### RpTheHotrod

##### New Member
I have an excel sheet that has the following.

Column A
Item Number

Column B
New Description

Column E
Item Number

Column F
Old Description

Column A and B contains just the items I'm needing. Columns E and F contains the information for an overall project, including things I don't need. An item number is flat out an Item Number. 1 in column A (wherever 1 may be) in reality is also 1 in column E, wherever that 1 may be, as well. The numbers don't match up left to right, though.

ie

1 NewDescription1 3 OldDescription3
3 NewDescription3 1 OldDescription1
5 NewDescription5 6 OldDescription6
6 NewDescription6 2 OldDescription2
2 NewDescription2 5 OldDescription5
*blank*-----------7 OldDescription7
*blank*-----------4 OldDescription4

SO, 1 NewDescription1 ties in with 1 OldDescription1

What I need is a a way to look at the Column A numbers, and find that same number in Column E, and post the Old Description of that number from Column F and put it in Column C.

Any ideas?

End result needs to be

1 NewDescription1 OldDescription1
3 NewDescription3 OldDescription3
5 NewDescription5 OldDescription5
6 NewDescription6 OldDescription6
2 NewDescription2 OldDescription2

In the end...it's a cross reference.

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### Excel Facts

How to change case of text in Excel?
Use =UPPER() for upper case, =LOWER() for lower case, and =PROPER() for proper case. PROPER won't capitalize second c in Mccartney
Try in C2 and copied down

=VLOOKUP(A2,E\$2:F\$100,2,FALSE)

#N/A

Though if I put into the first box and use =VLOOKUP(A1,E\$1:F\$100,2,FALSE), it works in C1, but not when copied down.

Works for me

<b>Sheet2</b><br /><br /><table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="font-family:Calibri,Arial; font-size:11pt; background-color:#ffffff; padding-left:2pt; padding-right:2pt; "> <colgroup><col style="font-weight:bold; width:30px; " /><col style="width:64px;" /><col style="width:135px;" /><col style="width:132px;" /><col style="width:64px;" /><col style="width:64px;" /><col style="width:127px;" /></colgroup><tr style="background-color:#cacaca; text-align:center; font-weight:bold; font-size:8pt; "><td > </td><td >A</td><td >B</td><td >C</td><td >D</td><td >E</td><td >F</td></tr><tr style="height:18px ;" ><td style="font-size:8pt; background-color:#cacaca; text-align:center; " >1</td><td >Item</td><td >Newd</td><td > </td><td > </td><td >Item</td><td >Old Desc</td></tr><tr style="height:18px ;" ><td style="font-size:8pt; background-color:#cacaca; text-align:center; " >2</td><td style="text-align:right; ">1</td><td >NewDescription1</td><td >OldDescription1</td><td > </td><td style="text-align:right; ">3</td><td >OldDescription3</td></tr><tr style="height:18px ;" ><td style="font-size:8pt; background-color:#cacaca; text-align:center; " >3</td><td style="text-align:right; ">3</td><td >NewDescription3</td><td >OldDescription3</td><td > </td><td style="text-align:right; ">1</td><td >OldDescription1</td></tr><tr style="height:18px ;" ><td style="font-size:8pt; background-color:#cacaca; text-align:center; " >4</td><td style="text-align:right; ">5</td><td >NewDescription5</td><td >OldDescription5</td><td > </td><td style="text-align:right; ">6</td><td >OldDescription6</td></tr><tr style="height:18px ;" ><td style="font-size:8pt; background-color:#cacaca; text-align:center; " >5</td><td style="text-align:right; ">6</td><td >NewDescription6</td><td >OldDescription6</td><td > </td><td style="text-align:right; ">2</td><td >OldDescription2</td></tr><tr style="height:18px ;" ><td style="font-size:8pt; background-color:#cacaca; text-align:center; " >6</td><td style="text-align:right; ">2</td><td >NewDescription2</td><td >OldDescription2</td><td > </td><td style="text-align:right; ">5</td><td >OldDescription5</td></tr><tr style="height:18px ;" ><td style="font-size:8pt; background-color:#cacaca; text-align:center; " >7</td><td > </td><td > </td><td > </td><td > </td><td style="text-align:right; ">7</td><td >OldDescription7</td></tr><tr style="height:18px ;" ><td style="font-size:8pt; background-color:#cacaca; text-align:center; " >8</td><td > </td><td > </td><td > </td><td > </td><td style="text-align:right; ">4</td><td >OldDescription4</td></tr></table><br /><table style="font-family:Arial; font-size:10pt; border-style: groove ;border-color:#00ff00;background-color:#fffcf9; color:#000000; "><tr><td ><b>Spreadsheet Formulas</b></td></tr><tr><td ><table border = "1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="2" style="font-family:Arial; font-size:9pt;"><tr style="background-color:#cacaca; font-size:10pt;"><td >Cell</td><td >Formula</td></tr><tr><td >C2</td><td >=VLOOKUP(A2,E\$2:F\$100,2,FALSE)</td></tr><tr><td >C3</td><td >=VLOOKUP(A3,E\$2:F\$100,2,FALSE)</td></tr><tr><td >C4</td><td >=VLOOKUP(A4,E\$2:F\$100,2,FALSE)</td></tr><tr><td >C5</td><td >=VLOOKUP(A5,E\$2:F\$100,2,FALSE)</td></tr><tr><td >C6</td><td >=VLOOKUP(A6,E\$2:F\$100,2,FALSE)</td></tr></table></td></tr></table> <br />Excel tables to the web - Excel Jeanie Html 4

Yours and mine look exactly alike. How strange. I'll look into it. Thanks for the help!

One thing to check is whether col A contains leading or trailing spaces and col E doesn't, and vice versa.

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