i have indexed match data in sheet2.
in sheet1 in c3 i have some formula connected to a3 and b3
in sheet1 in A1 i feeded formula =if(b3=sheet2!$a$2:$a$5,"AVAILABLE",NOT FOUND") it gives error in A1 #VALUE!.

i am trying to match data of sheet1 B3 to the data if available in sheet2 $a$2:$a$5 if its found then shud display AVALABLE in sheet1 A1 or else NOT FOUND



you have mistyped your formula for one thing.

=if(b3=sheet2!$a$2:$a$5,"AVAILABLE",NOT FOUND")
should be
=if(b3=sheet2!$a$2:$a$5,"AVAILABLE","NOT FOUND")

another is that  you can not check to see if multiple cells contain a value by using an equality symbol.  So I suspect what you want is

=if(countif(sheet2!$A$2:$A$5,B3)>0,"AVAILABLE","NOT FOUND")

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