Excel/formula rewrite


In the formula:
A3 refers to a range A3:A5 which has been merged and wrapped giving a new cell reference as A3

D1 refers to a range, D1:G7 which has been merged and wrapped giving a new cell reference as D1

The range: Sheet1!$B$1:$C$159, contains single cells that have not been merged.

Might this been the reason why the formula returns an error?
The word in cell A3 is definitely in the range as is the definition.

Thanks in advance

Chris Mitchell

Chris Mitchell,

I tested the formula you show with the conditions you described and it worked fine for me.

When the vlookup returned a matching value it returned correct.  When I changed it to a non-matching value (in sheet1), it returned incorrect.

(the matching or non-matching values were in column C.  Column B had a value that matched the contents of A3 on the sheet with the formula.

Tom Ogilvy

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