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## I use VLOOKUP with text (to return comments made by people that I have copied in another sheet). The problem is that sometimes, it doesnt copy the whole comment. Apparently there is a limit for the amount of text VLOOKUP can copy: after a LEN() test I have found that I cant copy texts longer than 255 characters. Is there a simple way to make the VLOOKUP work even if the text is more than 255 characters long ?

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[code]
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