Want to return value from 2nd column based on match in 1 field with first column

lornagreenwood

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I'm working on a project in which I have 50 states + DC listed by 2-letter abbreviation, and want to return a value in another column that will be a non-unique number (some will duplicate in the second column.)

Also need to do this same operation with first column (state) and third column, which also is comprised of non-unique numbers.

Will anyone please help a user out? It seems simple, yet I don't know where to start.

Hlookup, lookup & pivot tables seem to not be a fit for this.
 

lornagreenwood

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I'm going to delete the longname for state. Thank you.

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BORDER-BOTTOM: #ece9d8; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent" x:num="1.25">$ 1.25 </TD><TD class=xl24 style="BORDER-RIGHT: #ece9d8; BORDER-TOP: #ece9d8; BORDER-LEFT: #ece9d8; BORDER-BOTTOM: #ece9d8; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent" x:num="0.6">$ 0.60 </TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 12.75pt" height=17><TD style="BORDER-RIGHT: #ece9d8; BORDER-TOP: #ece9d8; BORDER-LEFT: #ece9d8; BORDER-BOTTOM: #ece9d8; HEIGHT: 12.75pt; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent" height=17>CA</TD><TD class=xl25 style="BORDER-RIGHT: #ece9d8; BORDER-TOP: #ece9d8; BORDER-LEFT: #ece9d8; BORDER-BOTTOM: #ece9d8; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent">California</TD><TD class=xl24 style="BORDER-RIGHT: #ece9d8; BORDER-TOP: #ece9d8; BORDER-LEFT: #ece9d8; BORDER-BOTTOM: #ece9d8; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent" x:num="1.25">$ 1.25 </TD><TD class=xl24 style="BORDER-RIGHT: #ece9d8; BORDER-TOP: #ece9d8; BORDER-LEFT: #ece9d8; BORDER-BOTTOM: #ece9d8; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent" x:num="1.1">$ 1.10 </TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt; mso-height-source: userset" height=20><TD style="BORDER-RIGHT: #ece9d8; 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c_m_s_jr

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Ok so what do you want to accomplish exactly? I don't understand what you are looking up against and what you are trying to return.
 

lornagreenwood

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I want my team to be able to input a state abbreviation and have the spreadsheet return the appropriate factor for that state for two separate products. Sorry if I'm not good at communicating my needs.
 

c_m_s_jr

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Ok, so why won't vlookup work?

Assuming the state value you want to lookup is in E1 so in F1

=VLOOKUP(E1,$A$1:$D$100,3,FALSE)

**EDIT** in G1
=VLOOKUP(E1,$A$1:$D$100,4,FALSE)
 
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lornagreenwood

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I'll try it - Excel's explanation of, "If lookup_value is smaller than the smallest value in the first column of table_array, VLOOKUP returns the #N/A error value" threw me because the first column will be alpha. If Excel's going to try to determine if a number is smaller than a letter, well - am I making it harder?
 

c_m_s_jr

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I believe that is referring to if you use TRUE at the end. FALSE looks for an exact match.
 

lornagreenwood

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Here's my actual based on location of the data. C2 is the human input field, & I want it to look in column M 52-102 for the match, then return the data in the second column (deleted the long name for state)

=VLOOKUP(C2,$M$52:$M$102,2,FALSE)

all data is entered. I can't figure out why I'm getting a #REF! error.
 

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