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Hi Tom,
Is it possible to do a vlookup using a wildcard (*)?
Here's what I have in mind:
Say the matchup value in the lookup table is ABC123*
Can the vlookup formula be tweaked to match that value up with ABC123x, ABC123xy, ABC123xyz, etc. in the receiving file ?



Basically Yes it can be used with a wildcard as I show below:

so for example, this worked for me:


where C:D looked like
Col C          Col D
RSTU          1
EFGH          2
ABC123xy          3
MNOP          4

It returned 3.  

Now it isn't going to return values from multiple lines in the same table if that is what you were actually asking.  

Tom Ogilvy  
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