# Simplify formula

#### DHayes

##### Board Regular
Hi,
Is there a way to simplify the below Formula?
Code:
``=IF(INDEX('Data Sheet'!\$A\$1:\$P\$73,MATCH(A3,'Data Sheet'!\$A\$1:\$A\$73,0),12)=0,"N/A",INDEX('Data Sheet'!\$A\$1:\$P\$73,MATCH(A3,'Data Sheet'!\$A\$1:\$A\$73,0),12))``

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#### SteveO59L

##### Well-known Member
try posting a sample of your data, and what you would like to do with it

#### snjpverma

##### Well-known Member
try this

=IF(VLOOKUP(a3,'Data Sheet'!\$A\$1:\$p\$73,12,0)=0,"N/A",VLOOKUP(a3,'Data Sheet'!\$A\$1:\$p\$73,12,0))

#### DHayes

##### Board Regular
Thanks snjpverma,
The VLOOKUP works the same. The reason I am using index because there are left and right lookups in other formulas. I was hoping there is way without having to type the formula twice.

#### snjpverma

##### Well-known Member
DHayes, I can't think of a way in which writing the formula twice can be avoided. incase, anything strikes my mind, will let you know.

#### FormR

##### MrExcel MVP
Hi,
Is there a way to simplify the below Formula?
Is the zero result because there is a zero in column L or because there is a blank cell? What is in column L - is it numbers or text or can it be both?

#### DHayes

##### Board Regular
Hi FormR,
Yes it will be always be 0. Column L contains number's only. There will never be a blank or text.

#### FormR

##### MrExcel MVP
Here is one way, note: this has the potential to introduce floating point rounding errors so depending on what you are doing with the returned values you may be better off sticking with the IF() approach or you may want to apply some rounding the result.

=IFERROR(1/(1/INDEX('Data Sheet'!\$A\$1:\$P\$73,MATCH(A3,'Data Sheet'!\$A\$1:\$A\$73,0),12)),"N/A")

• snjpverma and DHayes

#### DHayes

##### Board Regular
Thanks FormR,
This is exactly what I need.