vlookup function opens "identiry label" upon typin

kevin_floyd

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me and my co-workers use the vlookup function extensively. occasionally we run into a snag. the vlookup function is setup as such:
=vlookup(value, index table, column returned, closest match true or false)

the exact match is all we want so we type false into the last field. when we type the letter "f", excel opens the Identify Label window and says:

there is more than one cell with this label: f
select the cell containing the label to use: [box to select the cell].

clicking cancel causees excel to crash - losing all changes made up to that point.

since there is no way to know when this is going to happen, vlookups have become dangerous ground. it also drives us CRAZY when it happens, because the only sure fire way of making it NOT happen is to paste the text 'false' into the field.

anyone run into this before?
anyone have any ideas how to make it go away?
anyone?
 

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PaddyD

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Re: vlookup function opens "identiry label" upon t

not seen it before - maybe tools | options | calculation - accept labels in formulas? anyway, just use 0 instead - means the same as false.
 

MDuff

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Re: vlookup function opens "identiry label" upon t

Never seen this at all but you can use 0 insted of false if you did this does it do the same thing?

EDIT
Sorry PaddyD I see you said the same thing I missed that
 

rh2000

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I had the same problem on a customers PC and could 'solve' it using the funcion assistant (menu INSERT / FUNCTION) but still don't know where the error comes from as it was in a sheet that has been working for months without problems.
 
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