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Hello Tom,

I have a master spreadsheet, and other worksheet of company branches on different sheet, though on same workbook.

I would like a formula to look up the values and total them on the master spreadsheet under the highlighted headers. I tried the INDEX and MATCH function, but some returns a #n/a. Is there any other formula i can apply? The row numbers on the units sheet is not the same, but the Master sheet has got all the row items.

I am sure this should be easy for you to solve, but i am having a hard time. Please help me.

I have  attached the image of sample file.


If you index and match work if the value is found, you can avoid the #N/A buy doing this

Say this formula works but sometime returns #N/A if the value is found

You can then do this


this will return the value or zero when the match is not made.  

I can't tell you a better function with only the small amount of information you gave.

Tom Ogilvy

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Tom Ogilvy


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