#### dreen

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I have two workbooks, one where I am doing the Vlookup and the other contains the table I need to retrieve the information from.

I am trying to basically Vlookup the table found in the other workbook '[Database_IRR 200-2S.xlsm]Changes'! below row 3 as sometimes the lookup retrieves information from the second row and I don't want those parameters from the table. The reason I can't start the Vlookup at the third row of the table is because my lookup table can have data entered into it (shifting the rows down) and this shifts the absolute references of the table array within my Vlookup formula (see example below):

For example if I enter,

To handle this I am attempting to do a

Here is the formula I am using:

Here is the formula I am using for this alternative:

I am trying to basically Vlookup the table found in the other workbook '[Database_IRR 200-2S.xlsm]Changes'! below row 3 as sometimes the lookup retrieves information from the second row and I don't want those parameters from the table. The reason I can't start the Vlookup at the third row of the table is because my lookup table can have data entered into it (shifting the rows down) and this shifts the absolute references of the table array within my Vlookup formula (see example below):

For example if I enter,

**=VLOOKUP("TEST 1_SL.1V.L",'[Database_IRR 200-2S.xlsm]Changes'!$A$3:$FZ$10000,ROWS($A$1:$A6),FALSE)**and a new entry/row is added (So**another Test 1****_SL.1V.L**in column A for example) to the workbook that has the lookup table '[Database_IRR 200-2S.xlsm]Changes' then my formula becomes**=VLOOKUP("TEST 1_SL.1V.L",OFFSET(('[Database_IRR 200-2S.xlsm]Changes'!$A$1:$FZ$10000),2,0),ROWS($A$4:$A6),FALSE).**__**Notice how $A$3 --> $A$4**__To handle this I am attempting to do a

**Vlookup from row 1 and offsetting it by 2 rows down**, because the**absolute references ($A$1 below)**don't seem to change when a new row is added to the workbook whenever the absoulate references are**inside an OFFSET function (So the**__$A$1 doesn't change to $A$2__when a new data entry is added (a new row) to**[Database_IRR 200-2S.xlsm]Changes')**. Now this formula below**only works when I have the other workbook open**where the lookup table is coming from, that is [Database_IRR 200-2S.xlsm]Changes'! ,**if I close it then my Vlookup formula is returning a #VALUE error**Here is the formula I am using:

**=VLOOKUP('Operation base Q'!$H$5,OFFSET(('[Database_IRR 200-2S.xlsm]Changes'!$A$1:$FZ$1000),2,0),ROWS($A$1:$A6),FALSE)**

__Here is a screenshot of the lookup data from the file path '____[Database_IRR 200-2S.xlsm]Changes' :__**Another ALTERNATIVE solution**I am trying to use is an**Index formula with a Small Array (Hold Ctrl+Shift+Enter whenever entering an array)**. The array makes my sheet very slow and it won't grab the "first" lookup value (as in the Third row and below)**IF the second row isn't filled in with the lookup value**(see screenshot below of the workbook '[Database_IRR 200-2S.xlsm]Changes'! where the second row is different as I am looking up TEST 1, so my formula is returning the fourth row when I want it to return the third row).Here is the formula I am using for this alternative:

**=INDEX(INDEX('[Database_IRR 200-2S.xlsm]Changes'!$A$2:$FZ$10001,0,ROWS($1:6)),SMALL(IF('Operation base Q'!$H$5='[Database_IRR 200-2S.xlsm]Changes'!$A:$A,ROW('[Database_IRR 200-2S.xlsm]Changes'!$A:$A),""),1))**
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