Excel/formula issue


Hi Tom

I have written the following formula:


It produces the "#NAME?" error.  The name in BA13 is in the "indexdatabase" as is the column heading.  Both of them match exactly without spaces.

Have you any suggestions as to why this might be happening?

Thanks in advance

Chris Mitchell


that error would indicate that there is no named range named indexdatabase or there is no named range named ROW or there is no named range named columns.  I say that because INDEX, MATCH, BA13 and BF12 should all be legitimate.  Maybe columns doesn't have an "s" on it.  I can only guess, but that is what the #NAME error says to me.  Something in your formula is not recognized as being defined so Excel doesn't know what to do with it.

Tom Ogilvy

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