Vlookup error: Could it be Fomatting?

kswenson

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Sep 28, 2006
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Hi,
I'm working with a large amount of data. My Vlookup returns #N/A, and historically I was able to remedy this by using the F2 key in every cell. This works fine for small amounts of data, but I'm hoping there is a simpler way out there for large amounts of data.
thank you,
 

Excel Facts

Which lookup functions find a value equal or greater than the lookup value?
MATCH uses -1 to find larger value (lookup table must be sorted ZA). XLOOKUP uses 1 to find values greater and does not need to be sorted.

MagiCat

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May 24, 2006
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Andrews Utilities has a couple of routines for converting numbers to text and text to numbers as well that work pretty well.

If it's a number formatted as text, what I'll do is insert a column, use the formula =VALUE(cell), drag it down, then copy and paste it back over as a value. This will usually get things working.
 

pgc01

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Hi Kari
Welcome to the Board

You can use Data>Text to Columns to convert a vertical vector or a whole column text to number or number to text.

Hope this helps
PGC
 

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