# MATCH Function Inconsistent In Return Value

Jul 12, 2008
I am using Excel 2002 and trying to do something which should be simple with MATCH.

I have an array of numbers ordered, starting at 0 and incrementing by 0.05 up to 20. I am then using the MATCH function to find the relative position of numbers 0,1,2,3,4 and 5. However, for number 0,1 and 2 the return value is one less than what it should be, for the numbers 3, 4 and 5 it is working as expected. By the way, the match_type I am using is the default 1.

Also I have formatted everything to be numbers and tried various things already, so am beginning to wonder is this is a known issue.

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May 21, 2013

I'm trying to write a formula which will return postcodes from a list of descriptions which aren't consistent in their layout.

For example, I need this to happen

UB3 3NQ - APR13

SW3 5RQ - APR13

Jul 12 - apr13 accrual - ME9 4FW

Mar 12 - apr13 accural - SO14 7P2

Returned to another column as,

UB3 3NQ

SW3 5RQ

ME9 4FW

SO14 7P2

The issue I'm having is that the postcodes aren't in the same place in order to use LEFT, RIGHT or MID functions, and they aren't always proceeded or followed by dashes or spaces in the same way.

I need the returned postcodes to come back in a uniform way so that any duplicates are grouped by the relevant pivot table.

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Jul 16, 2012

I'm trying to figure out how to write a VBA Match function that can look for multiple criteria and return the row number of a successful match.

I have about 255,000 rows of data on the worksheet "Filtered". Column B contains my Item Number and Column D contains the supply source. I want to find the row where ItemNumber and SupplySource match my variables and then return the value from Column C.

I can do a match for one criteria, but where I'm having problems is getting it so the two matches are on the same row.

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May 8, 2013

I need to find a way to find an array in a tab to use for an index/match function I have.

this is what i would normally use: =index(tab_array,match($a2, tab!$a$1:$a$1000,0),match($B$1,tab!$a$1:$zz$1,0))

This formula would usually work fine when I know that within the tab, the array in which the row match is searching doesn't change. However, that array may change in the future, to say column H, without my knowing as it is a database that gets automatically populated from an upstream system.

Is there a way to search for an array within an index/match?

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Mar 26, 2013

currently using Excel 2007 with Windows Vista.

I currently have a worksheet where I want to input a date (G2) and a rank value (H2) ranging from 1 to 4. The header value (B1:E1) corresponding to the date (A2:A4) and the rank (B2:B4) should be returned to I2 (currently returns #NA).

Using formula: =INDEX($B$1:$E$1,MATCH(H2,INDEX($B$2:$E$4,MATCH(G2,$A$2:$A$4),)))

which I found under: Find row, find value, then return column heading

However, the above formula does not seem to work with my date order or recurring data values of 1 to 4 over the 3 rows.

The worksheet layout is as follows:

Date

A

B

C

D

Date

Rank

Header

[code]....

The return value under Header should be C.

I have reversed the order of the dates and put sequential numbers in B2:B4 as plug variables and the above formula will return the correct Header value but I need the formula to work with the current date order and repeating rank values of 1 to 4 in B2:B4. Do not wish to use VBA.

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Aug 5, 2014

I am trying to use some vba match function code to return the column number of the matching date. The date will be stored in a date variable.

Every time I run this code I normally get a match error even though the date is in the worksheet and the variable matches that date.

See below:

[Code] .....

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Jan 26, 2010

I need to figure out how to match three values on the "source info.xls" file attached to the "PFG FILE.xls" that is also attached. In column A in the "Source info.xls" file the formula will need to match the yellow column, then the green column, then the red column. keep in mind that the attached files are just a small subset of data. The "PFG File.XLS" is actually 150K rows long.

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Jan 21, 2014

See attached file, "Rate Sample Index-Match Formula".

I need a formula to return the value at the cross section of two (2) lookup values that match. This formula will be input into column D under, "RATE" on the 1st tab, "TEST FILE".

In the 1st tab, "TEST FILE" there are a series of columns as follows;

A = Service

B = From

C = To

D = Rate

In the 2nd tab, "RATES" there is a series of rates with drivers From (green) & To (blue)

The formula needs to do the following;

1. Lookup the "From" value in column B on tab, "TEST FILE" and match to column B2:B59 on tab, "RATES" both highlighted in green

2. Then Lookup the "To" value in column C on tab, "TEST FILE" and match to row C1:BH1 on tab, "RATES" both highlighted in blue

3. Then return the value at the cross section of the match "From" (point 1 above) & "To" (point 2 above) in range C2:BH59

For Example;

The rate From SYD To CBR = 0.33. I have highlighted this in yellow on both tabs to show where the formula needs to lookup the data to return the answer.

Additionally, if we were to add service as an additional lookup match how would this work?

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Dec 15, 2013

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What im trying to do is match columns A & B from AUDIT Sheet to Columns A & B in MASTER sheet. If they match then pull columns C, D & E from MASTER into AUDIT.

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Feb 4, 2014

I have two sheets of data , sheet A and Sheet B.

Sheet B contains a column called "Name" and for each name, and for each name there are corresponding numbers. In sheet A, I have a "list of interest" in column A. What i want to do look through the data in sheetB to find a match from the list of interest and return the corresponding letters, located in column A.

I have filled out the first two rows of results that should be returned as an example.

One idea i had was to put a vlookup formula in each column result 1 to result 6 so i can catch all 6 "Serves" columns from column B, but there may be duplicates in the serve columns and vlookup only reports the first match.

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Mar 11, 2014

I am having some trouble getting a formula to work. I am building a report that pulls figures from a pivot table in another workbook. I am using a vlookup with match function to get the column index to find the relevant data I want. Where I need to add two columns together I am using sum, with the vlookup & match formulas nested in them e.g.:

=SUM(VLOOKUP(F13,'[PIVOT 156.xlsx]PIVOT'!$C:$AQ,MATCH("FAID",'[PIVOT 156.xlsx]PIVOT'!$C$6:$AQ$6,0),FALSE),VLOOKUP(F13,'[PIVOT 156.xlsx]PIVOT'!$C:$AQ,MATCH("COMM",'[PIVOT 156.xlsx]PIVOT'!$C$6:$AQ$6,0),FALSE),VLOOKUP(F13,'[PIVOT 156.xlsx]PIVOT'!$C:$AQ,MATCH("BPCM",'[PIVOT 156.xlsx]PIVOT'!$C$6:$AQ$6,0),FALSE),VLOOKUP(F13,'[PIVOT 156.xlsx]PIVOT'!$C:$AQ,MATCH("COMD",'[PIVOT 156.xlsx]PIVOT'!$C$6:$AQ$6,0),FALSE))

Where:

F13 = Employee number

Column C on the pivot 156 workbook is where the employee number is based.

The Match formula is then getting the column index from the column headings of the pivot table ie. "FAID"

This in itself works fine, as long as it finds a match in the column headings. This is where i get the error as in the above function "COMD" is not in the pivot table. However I need to keep it included as it may appear on a future pivot table. Is there a way of getting the sum function to complete even though later in the formula it can't complete the vlookup? So it will ignore it, or assume the value is zero if it can't find it? The formula probably needs to do this for all the vlookups as some headings may drop off in future pivot tables.

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Oct 8, 2009

I am trying to match data from 2 independent sets, formatted slightly differently so not sure which function would work best for me. From the attached file, I am trying to match the date and time stamp (in cell A1) with that from the other data (in this example in cell E1) and return the data (from cell F1) to cell C1. So basically any date and time stamp before 04/03/09 04:00 will return a value of 44 (this value should appear, therefore in cells C1 - C30)

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Aug 28, 2012

Basically where the columns say 2011 or 2012 AND 1, 2, 3. I want to be able to have it index the number below based on the GL number on the left and both the year and period on the top. I think that you can do with using the sumproduct function with the binary, but the computer is a little dated and it takes a while to run those calculations.

2011

2011

2011

2012

2012

2012

[code].....

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Mar 20, 2009

Another interesting dilemma to solve. Using this formula:

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Dec 3, 2013

let me start by saying that I know an example workbook would be useful here, but the part I'm struggling with is the [managementroster.xlsm] file, and there is A. no way I can release it to the internets and B. its so huge/complicated I couldn't even begin to reproduce a portion of it, scrubbed of data, and hope to maintain its functionality in a meaningful manner.

[Code]....

This formula checks a staff number on this spreadsheet, and then goes and looks at the staff number on the roster. Once found, it returns that staff members roster, but changes any manager codes in the MRC list to Mgr, and changes all other roster codes to Free.

I now need this formula, before altering roster codes to Mgr or Free, to only return codes that are a match for another table (or after really. I don't particularly care, so long as only codes are shown that match data from another table). I think an index/match function would do the trick, but this forumula is already at the edge of my excel ability, nesting another function within it is completey beyond me. The relevant cells for the index/match function would be:

This first Match function targets the column. $E3 is the date required, $BA$1:$DN$1 is the range the dates are entered in

Match: Lookup value = $E3

Lookup array = '[ManagementRoster.xlsm]Vacancies!'$BA$1:$DN$1

match type = 0

This second Match function targets the row. $A$4 is the department name, $B$434:$B$452 is the range where all departments are entered

Match: Lookup value = $A$4

Lookup Array = '[ManagementRoster.xlsm]Vacancies!'$B$434:$B$452

match type = 0

Index: array = $BA$434:$DN$452

So I think my final function is

[Code] .....

But I have absolutely NO idea where it would fit within my first formula, or how to code it so that my original formula only reproduces results that are found in both sheets, or anything.

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Function Haversine has correct value in debugger but in cell it has the same value as Haversine2. Is this a known bug?

Public Function Haversine(lat1 As Double, long1 As Double, lat2 As Double, long2 As Double) As Double

Dim temp As Double

[Code]....

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Jun 7, 2007

I have used a formula in a cell, the error option button appears at the corner of that cell, it is working well but showing Inconsistent Formula

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Jun 10, 2013

I have my Excel set up for a default font size of 12 point.

I often download CSV data to insert into spreadsheets. It opens in a new spreadsheet, and it's properly displayed in 12 point size. When i copy and paste it into the ultimate target spreadsheet (which is also set to 12 point size) the pasted data shows up as 10-point and I have to change the font size back to 12-point every time.

Why is this happening and how can I avoid that re-sizing that occurs?

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Aug 15, 2007

I want to stop those little green error checking markers in the top corner of cells from appearing in my spreadsheet. My formula is correct however the error markers appear in 40(ish) cells and make it look very untidy. I know there is the option of turning background error checking off, however isn't appealing to me as I have other worksheets where I want to check for errors. Also, my report is used by 20 people so I can't change the options which might affect other reports they may have.

What I'd like to do is either turn off the option for one specific worksheet, or add a few lines of code which sets the cell properties to ignore the error for each of the cells affected. I've tried to use macro recorder to work out how to ignore a cell but it doesn't record anything for this action. Is anyone aware of the correct piece of code to carry out this action?

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Jun 11, 2008

How figure out how to drag down a formula that looks like this for the first three cells (C3:C5)?

=(SUMPRODUCT(Polls!D2:D5,Polls!B2:B5))/(SUM(Polls!B2:B5))

=(SUMPRODUCT(Polls!D8:D11,Polls!B8:B11))/(SUM(Polls!B8:B11))

=(SUMPRODUCT(Polls!D14:D17,Polls!B14:B17))/(SUM(Polls!B14:B17))

...etc.

Is there a way to let Excel know that I'm adding six to each cell, rather than it automatically adding one?

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OK I feel really stupid on this. I must be overlooking something very obvious.

If you look at the attached userform there are some checkboxes where the "check" has a bold appearance, and others where the check is not bold.

If you examine the properties of the checkboxes in VBE, they appear to be identical.

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I have 2 columns to compare which has almost same data but in different formats or sources. I need to update a 3rd columns as 'Yes or No' by checking the checking the data in both the columns. For ex. - Column A has data as - "BIENZ, STEPHEN R"

and Column B has data as - "SALTZER MED GRP/BIENZ". Now as 'BIENZ' is same in both columns so 3rd column should get updated as 'Yes'. There are 3000 rows which needs to be compared in this way.

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Dec 8, 2009

I have to pull data from a workbook poasted on a Sharepoint site on a weekly basis. The name of the spreadsheet changes each week, based on the date, and may not be consistent (ie: WBook12_4_9.xls, Wkbook12_04_09.xls, WBOOK12_4_09.xls). My users will have the spreadsheet open, and I'll tell them to ONLY have that one open, but how do I tell my macro to pull from that workbook?

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I have an excel stock price template, where I need the current price to calculate the mid point if the chart.

This is the text I get from the webquery

Underlying stock: SBIN 2699.00 as on Jul 04, 2014 15:30:36 IST

I need a formula to extract the stock price '2699.00' only from this text.

The problems are sometimes its may change to underlying "stock" to "index", SBIN to RELIANCE or TATASTEEL, and the price some times two digit say 16, some times 6 letters say 150.05, or 8 digits say 15160.00

Formula, the text in B1 and need the price at A100.

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Jun 28, 2006

Problem:

I'm attempting to consolidate 3 columns of data that is a varying number of rows in length (a range of 0-1000 roughly) for 53 different worksheets (1 per week of the year, named '1' , '2', etc.). All three columns on each page are the same length. What I want to do is consolidate all the data onto one worksheet 3 columns wide and X rows long (so one week's range of data after the other, but it doesn't have to be in any specific order). I am looking mainly for code because that seems to me like the best option at this point unless someone can provide a viable alternative.

What I've tried:

I've tried on a smaller scale, 5 worksheets, naming the ranges using the OFFSET function to create a dynamic range and then trying to paste one right after the other with no luck getting it to paste such a large range. Going along with that I chopped and dropped some code from another online source (forum? tutorial? I don't remember) and modified it to consolidate the 5 named ranges, however, the code does not really seem feasible for 53 named ranges. Loops seem reasonable, but I couldn't come up with an easy way to cycle through the worksheet names and named ranges.

I only have a few hours worth of VBA tinkering so I'm sort of lacking, but I have other coding experience so the structures and concepts are familiar just the syntax and finer points are greek to me. I sadly don't yet have the time to sit and learn VBA either.

If there's an easy way to put a few loops in or you think it should loop through and copy each cell rather messing around with ranges then go for it.

Here's what the code looks like after I modified it: ....

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Jul 1, 2008

I have a data set in an Excel spreadsheet entered as one column of data. It is names with addresses, phone numbers, job title, etc. I want to select and transpose each person in the list so when I am done the person's name is in column A, Company name in column B and so on. The problem is the information listed is not the same for each person - so there is a different number of rows for each person. The names are in bold text though, so I need to select from one cell with bold text to the row BEFORE the next row with bold text and transpose the data for each selection. I found this forum by finding an old question here that is similar at Copy based on Bold Paste-transpose provided in that post and it produced no result.

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Mar 8, 2012

Basically I have some performance figures for a fund that I want to make a chart for, the problem is that the first date (the start date of the fund) is 15/09/2011 but every reporting date after that is the end of the month.

So my data looks something like this (not real figures)

15/09/11 20

30/09/11 22

31/10/11 23

30/11/11 25

31/12/11 26

31/01/12 27.5

29/02/12 29

So what I want is a graph where the x axis starts at 15/09/11 but then the next label is 30/09/11 and 31/10/11 etc, while still keeping the scale proportionate to the dates, ie the distance between 15/09/11 and 30/09/11 will be half the distance between 30/09/11 and 31/10/11.

The 2 outcomes I seem to be stuck with is either forcing the graph to start at 31/08/11 and making the y axis cross at 15/09/11, however with this the x axis goes left past the y axis cross point and it just looks dumb, although everything right of the y axis is correct.

Or secondly I get the graph to start at 15/09/11 and set it to label every 1 month and all the labels are 15/09/11, 15/10/11, 15/11/11 etc

I have access to excel 2003 or 2007.

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I need to identify every 5th occurence of a product code (In column B)

the list won't be consistent i.e. Code 80100811 may appear in row 2, 17, 35, 47, 51

So I would need to identify the one in Row 51 in the above example,

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Product Code

DateEntered

Column1

56

80100811

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[code]......

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Aug 31, 2009

Sheet 1, has column A with related values in Column B

I am looking for a method that:

return the column B value of sheet 1, if Column A value in sheet 2 can be is available in Column A in sheet 1.

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How might I write a formula that does this;

Find a match to the contents of cell A1 in the range C1:C20 and return the value of the cell directly to its right (column D)

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