Vlook up..What am I doing wrong...

spotsteven

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Will it still work if my numbers begin with a Alpa code?

List a List b data data
V046265 V046265 10 20
V046214 V046214 10 20
V046169 V046169 10 20
V046144 V046144 10 20
 

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Joe4

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As long as the value you are looking up is in the same format as the first column in your lookup table, it should work.

Be sure that you don't have any extra spaces at the beginning or end that causes your values to be unequal.
 

Joe4

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It doesn't matter, as long as they are both the same!
 

Asala42

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Vlookups shouldn't have a problem with Alpha-numeric lookup criteria. Does your lookup looks something like this?

=VLOOKUP(A2,Data!$A$2:$C$200,2,0)

Note the ,0 at the end - that signifies you're looking for an exact match on the string you're looking up (i believe if you leave that out it will have a default that may be giving you funky results).

In any case feel free to post your formula if you're still having problems.
 

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