# VLOOKUP peculiar problem

##### New Member
Hi
I have a peculiar problem while using VLOOKUP
The issue at hand is this
1)There are two sheets say Sheet 1 and Sheet 2
2)Now I have to look up variable in Row A2 in Sheet 1 for a given date in a specified range in Sheet 2.
3)So I do a this action for eg vlookup(\$A1, sheet2!\$A2\$:\$F\$1789,2,false).
4) Now the problem is that the variables \$A1,\$A2 etc and the range remain constant but the column to look up and paste the values in sheet 1 i.e "2" keeps changing as per date.

My problem is that everytime I copy the above formula across columns the value of col_index_num needs to be changed manually to lookup the range in that column of Sheet 2.
For eg in B1 the vlookup formula would be vlookup(\$A1, sheet2!\$A2\$:\$F\$1789,2,false)
For eg in B2 the vlookup formula would be vlookup(\$A1, sheet2!\$A2\$:\$F\$1789,3,false) and so on.

Please advice if there is anyway the col_index_num can incrementally increase automatically eg 2,3,4, etc.

Regards

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#### etaf

##### Well-known Member
try
vlookup(\$A1, sheet2!\$A2\$:\$F\$1789,row()+1,false)

In B1 , then the ROW() will be 1 , then 1 + 1 = 2
IN B2 , the row() will be 2 , then 2+1 = 3
etc

your range is A : F
so will only work
to row 5
row() + 1 , will = 6
and F is the final column to return from

#### Peter_SSs

##### MrExcel MVP, Moderator
My problem is that everytime I copy the above formula across columns the value of col_index_num needs to be changed manually to lookup the range in that column of Sheet 2.
For eg in B1 the vlookup formula would be vlookup(\$A1, sheet2!\$A2\$:\$F\$1789,2,false)
For eg in B2 the vlookup formula would be vlookup(\$A1, sheet2!\$A2\$:\$F\$1789,3,false) and so on.
I think that you are confusing rows/columns and/or across/down.
Above in red I have highlighted "across columns" but B1 and B2 that you then discuss are not across columns but down a single column.

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