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QUESTION: I have an Excel workbook with two worksheets.  Sheet1 contains many columns and I want to compare three of them (A, B, C) with three similar columns (A, B, C) from Sheet2.  Then, where there is a match I want to return the value in a fourth column (D) from the matching row in Sheet2 to a cell in a fourth column (D) on Sheet1.  The rows in Sheet2 are all unique so there is only one possible match to a row on Sheet1.

In both Sheet1 and Sheet2:  Column A is a number 1-10, Column B is one of two colors ("Red", "Blue"), and column C is one of four text options ("Cat", "Cat + 1", "Cat + 2", "Cat + 3").  Column D is populated on Sheet 2 with some value 100-300 that corresponds to the other values in its row.

I see the formula working like this, I just don't know how to write it:  Where Sheet1 A+B+C = Sheet2 A+B+C, set Sheet1 D to Sheet2 D

ANSWER: I think I'd do this with a sumproduct function


This should return either a zero OR the row number of the matching row on sheet2 - you could EITHER put my formula in column E and use this as a driver for an IF field in column D (which would be my preference) or you could write the IF formula around it - but this would require doing the same calculation twice.  Amend my 2:200 rows to whichever rows you actually need to test.

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QUESTION: I tried this and cannot seem to get any result other than 0.  I attached a couple of example images to show what sheet1 and sheet2 look like.  Sheet2 is longer than shown.  It has every combination and continues through row 81. I am trying to get the score from the corresponding row in sheet2 into the right spot on sheet1. Hopefully this will help find a solution.  Thank you.

I always test answers like this before posting to check I'm not mis-typing, so I know in principle it does work - though it needs exact matches - so any spaces would throw this out - difficult to see what may be wrong from images, but more than happy to look at a file - my email being
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Aidan Heritage


I have provided first hand support since `95 for Microsoft Office majoring in Word and Excel - support for all versions from 2 onwards. I'm based in the UK, so please allow for time differences when asking me questions from other parts of the world!


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