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1. ## Find Data from oldest date

Hi, I have had a look around online but can't seem to find what I want.

I have devices in one column and dates received in another. I do not wish to reorder the column as they are set up in device order.

I want to find which device was received the earliest.

Please can someone advise the formula for this? Column A for device and L for date received.

Thank you

2. ## Re: Find Data from oldest date

If the dates are in the left column you can use a V-lookup. something like :
Code:
`=VLOOKUP(MIN(B2:B10),B2:C10,2,FALSE)`
For the above I had dates in B2:B10 and serial Nos in C2:10. Here, the vlookup looks up the smallest date and returns the next column

3. ## Re: Find Data from oldest date

Hi, Thanks for this.

I have device in column A and I have time in stock in column M - is there a way to manipulate this to get the highest value for time in stock to render the device?

Thanks - not very good at VLOOKUP.

4. ## Re: Find Data from oldest date

Just to update - had a quick read up on basics of VLOOKUP and I saw that the lookup has to be in the left most column. Jiggled my data around and sorted it

5. ## Re: Find Data from oldest date

Ahh good news. I was just searching how to do it formulaic (not my strong point) using offset and index/match.

Got tied up in knots and couldn't quite get it. Happy you've fixed it!

6. ## Re: Find Data from oldest date

Is there a simple way to modify it so that data from columns 1,2,3 and 10 are pulled into a string? So the one that has been here longest shows device, colour, memory and network all in one cell? Thanks

7. ## Re: Find Data from oldest date

Managed to do it - I feel this could be neater but as they say, if it's not broke, don't fix it:

Code:
`=CONCATENATE(VLOOKUP(MAX(Shipped!N:N),Shipped!N:N:Shipped!P:P,3,FALSE)," ",(VLOOKUP(MAX(Shipped!N:N),Shipped!N:N:Shipped!Q:Q,4,FALSE))," ",(VLOOKUP(MAX(Shipped!N:N),Shipped!N:N:Shipped!R:R,5,FALSE))," ",(VLOOKUP(MAX(Shipped!N:N),Shipped!N:N:Shipped!Y:Y,12,FALSE)))`