# Vlookup across multiple worksheets

#### daveasu

##### Board Regular
Need to lookup employee info in a workbook with 77 worksheets. The worksheets are named with a numeric account number from 100000 to 670000 with no real pattern to the numbering.

I have a list of employee names starting in A1 that I need to lookup the first name only across all of the worksheets and return the first match only.

The data on the worksheets is from B2:D20 and I need to return the match in column D. The names are arranged as first name then space then middle initial or last name.

I have this formula but need to modify it to lookup the first name only: (Lookup_sheets is the range of worksheet names)
=VLOOKUP(A1,INDIRECT("'"&INDEX(Lookup_sheets,MATCH(1,--(COUNTIF(INDIRECT("'"&Lookup_sheets&"'!\$B\$2:\$D\$20"),A1)>0),0))&"'!\$B\$2:\$D\$20"),3,FALSE)

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#### darkyxtreme

##### New Member
Replace any occurrence in your formula you use A1 with
Excel Formula:
``LEFT(A1,(FIND(" ",A1,1)-1))``

This formula will bring you the text before the first space, in this case the first name

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