# VLOOKUP W/ LEFT Function

Dec 7, 2009
Function sequence giving me "N/A": =VLOOKUP(LEFT(C6,5),H:I,2,FALSE)

Basically, I have numbers that each start with a unique sequence. The first 5 numbers of that sequence represent a certain cell carrier.

What I want to do is have the function look up the first 5 characters of a cell and depending on the 5 characters, I want it to return a certain value.

My idea with the vlookup was to have the lookup value be the first 5 digits and then in my table, it would take only those 5 digits and return a value I have specified in the second column.

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May 25, 2007

See the attached example for an illustration of my problem. Essentially, I am trying to reference the first two numbers of an account number when using VLOOKUP. The function then references a table with account classifications based upon the first two numbers of each 10 digit account. This seems so basic, but is driving me up the wall!

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Feb 4, 2009

I have a simple VLOOKUP that I can't manage to give the right answer. The contditions must be 'FALSE' as the the stock report database has so many similar numbers in it.

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Oct 16, 2007

Is it possible to make VLOOKUP look to the left?

Imagine following arrangement of data:

Address Name PIN

A-street Abe 4587

B-street Bob 8214

V-street Val 9657

I want to know the name of the person who has PIN 4587. Is it possible to do this without rearranging the columns?

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Mar 25, 2008

I ahve got the below range.what I want is if the first chracter starts with any of the below corresponnding value to be shown.I am using left and abs for this . but when the chracter stars with "N" or "E" . i am getting and error.

6Connect

NExplore

1Entry

3Connect

2Entry

5Live

EAchieve

7Live

8Live

9 connect

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Nov 11, 2009

trying to return a value left of a column instead of from the right.

ex

A B C D

1103013v2200172b

I want to lookup a value in column C and return the value from column A

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Jul 10, 2007

What I need is to find a max value within a range and then tell me what the row value in Column A is. Usually use VLOOKUP for this but this doesn't like minus numbers.

I think it has something to do with Match and Offset but can't get it to work properly.

I have attached an example, where the max of the total is 4,435 and belongs to Steve but how do I get this to do using formulas

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Mar 7, 2009

generally vlookup function gives a value from the right side cell. is it is possible to display a cell from the left side. in the attached excel file i want the numbers against the cell which contains mom.....

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Mar 24, 2009

LEFT(C4,3)

VLOOKUP(C4,C4:D38,2,FALSE)

VLOOKUP(LEFT(C4,3),C4:E38,2,FALSE)

I combined the first two formulas into one (the third one) but it is not working. I get an N/A result.

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Feb 12, 2010

I have a issue with VLOOKUP and LEFT STRING ETC I have a lookup table see below

AB10 Grampian

AB12 Grampian

AL8 Anglia West

AL9 Carlton LWT

B1 Central West

B10 Central West

B11 Central West

B13 Central West

B14 Central West

B15 Central West

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Jan 31, 2014

Code: =VLOOKUP((LEFT(C4,6)),'Data from 7500'!$B$16:$G$195,6,TRUE)

And it works great, except that the data returned is off by one row. For example, the correct value for the sample name in B107 is located in G107, but the formula returns the value in cell G106. I've tried changing the TRUE to FALSE and that returns #N/A.

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Jul 18, 2007

I am trying to obtain price of an item using vlookup() function on the identifier 0003128 (7 digits) stored with custom format 0000000 in one worksheet. However in other worksheet, the identifier is stored as 000312 (6 digits) with text format without the last digit 8. I tried using the left(A,6) function on 0003128 but instead of returning 000312 it returns 3128 and Im unable to use the vlookup() function.

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Aug 20, 2014

I have a workbook which has data from 2 different time points (6 and 12 months) and this is signified by a prefix to an ID number which is a letter (A or B) and a number:

I need to analyse data separately so I'd like to create 2 separate workbooks, once which imports all of the 6 month data (1 row per case) and one for the 12 month data.

I thought that this would be based around a VLOOKUP of the first 1 or 2 characters but I can't work out how to integrate this with an 'IF' and link it to another workbook.

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Feb 2, 2010

In the attached sheet I am trying to use the formula below but am getting a #NA error. I have narrowed the problem down to the use of the SEARCH and LEFT functions that I am using to determine the lookup value of the VLOOKUP formula.

what I am doing wrong? If I substitute the SEARCH and LEFT function with the number "14" it works just fine. You can find examples of both in cells B29 and C29 on the rename tab.

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Jan 25, 2008

I have a large table with data to which I want to retrieve a name to the left of a certain cell.

Clear as mud so far!

I've put together a small example of what I'm after. In cell F9 is the MAX of cells F2:F7. In cell H3 I then want a formula that will find the MAX of F2:F7 and return the text five rows to the left of that cell. In this example it would be Fred.

The second part of this question is how could I get it to display if more than one person had the same total....

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Oct 2, 2008

XL 2003

I want to combine these three functions

=VLOOKUP(e4,AGTNAME!$A$1:$E$3086,5,0)

=LEFT(E4,FIND("/",E4)-1)

and iserror

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Feb 9, 2010

I am trying to use the left function to include only the first account number, for example if a cell has "120122 280000" (there may be many spaces between the two numbers), I only want 120122.

So far my programming only returns the 280000 into the cell.

I am working with cell values in column "K".

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Jul 16, 2014

I have a sheet that a VLOOKUP is looking at, and what I need is, if that VLOOKUP finds what it is looking for I need it to look at the cell 2 cells to the left, how is that done?

I am thinking something like:

Formula:

[Code] ......

I just don't know the offset part.

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Aug 1, 2014

I need to move characters from the end of a string to the beginning.

I have a list of Exact stings that are allowed. I need to move this allowed string to the beginning.

JAN

JANS

JANTX

JANTXV

If "TR" or "T/R" are at the end of the allowed Exact string, I need that removed completely.

i.e.

JANTR = JAN

JANT/R = JAN

JANTXT/R = JANTX

PN

Desired result

1N3595UR-1JANTX = JANTX1N3595UR-1

1N4992JAN = JAN1N4992

2N1711JANS = JANS2N1711

1N4148UR-1JANTXVTR = JANTXV1N4148UR-1

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Dec 8, 2008

I need to return the text from a string, in a similar way to they way LEFT/ RIGHT would do.

I have some text in a cell, say A1 that looks like this ->

TEXT BEGIN --- TEXT NOW ENDS

I want to return everything before / after the --- symbols.

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Oct 1, 2012

I have the below line in a macro but the left function is not working, will not sum everything.

Range("g" & x).Value = "=SUMPRODUCT(--(Data!a2:a65536 = """ & val1 & """)*(data!t2:t65536=left(g1,2)))"

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Jan 16, 2009

have this formula..

=SUMIFS(Sheet2!$D$2847:$D$3065;Sheet2!$I$2847:$I$3065;$B$6;Sheet2!$G$2847:$G$3065;$C$6;Sheet2!$B$2847:$B$3065;A14)

D2847 - D3065

includes Numbers..

lets say.. i want every cell counted which has in these range the first two numbers..

every cell has..

5052

5053

5054

4060

4050

so i count the entries which has 50.. so in total it gives a result of 3. Not summing them, just count the entries that has the first two numbers "50" in every row..

The Red Markings can be replaced, the rest should stay.. it is needed due different criteria.....

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Nov 12, 2009

I keep seeing Right$(arg,arg) in VBA examples, but I am not sure what the dollar sign is doing.

Is it acting like a string declaration?

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Oct 12, 2006

I have a spreadsheet where I extract the last 3 digits of a five digit string by using the "=Right(...)" command.

Column A 71500

Column B =right(column a,3)

Column C 500

Column D = lookup(Column C,toc_desc)

Column E #N/A (if it worked, this would read Labor)

I want to take the result of that command (Column C) and use the "Lookup(...) command to translate type of cost as a name rather than the three digit number (Column D). Excel doesn't recognize the result of the "=Right(...)" command. I am getting #N/A as a result. (Column E). How can I get Excel to read that number and give me the results I need?

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Dec 14, 2006

I've got a little application in excel using macros.

It worked perfectly with Excel 2000, but with Excel 2003 shows an error for every formula I've used in the macro -right, left, mid, date...

Sub buscar_libros_datos()

On Error Resume Next

Dim libro As Variant

Dim ruta As Variant

Dim libroruta As Variant

Dim tabcol As Variant

Dim tabfil As Variant

Dim posguion As Variant

Dim posparen1 As Variant

Dim posparen2 As Variant

Dim categoria As Variant

Dim categant As Variant

Dim tipo_info As Variant

Dim fecha_carga As Variant

Dim i As Variant

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May 25, 2007

Got the following formula:-

=LEFT(L5, FIND("(",L5)-1)

I need to add the SUBSTITUTE function to this but can't figure out where it goes if somebody could point me in the right direction please? My substitute formula is SUBSTITUTE(L5,"car","train").

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Jul 29, 2009

Basically I have a phone number in column A:

123-456-1234

In column B, I want it to show me the first 3 numbers from the left, (so 123)

So I do =LEFT(A2,3)

Which gives me 123, but it's displayed as text, which ruins my whole formula that looks up the area code and displays the state.

I googled the problem and found http://exceltip.com/st/Make_LEFT_Fun...umber/778.html

which tells me to do:

=IF(LEFT(A1,1)=1,"Ignore",A1) [sees 1 as a number]

=IF(LEFT(A1,1)+0=1,"Ignore",A1) [sees 1 as a number]

=IF(LEFT(A1,1)="1","Ignore",A1) [sees 1 as text]

but when i try that it just displays the ENTIRE phone number: 123-456-1234

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Aug 11, 2009

Pretty sure this has been asked but have searched the forum to no avail, but I need to extract the numbers from a value which has a letter on the end.

eg. 1000x I need to get out the 1000

or 2p I need the 2

I have sooooo many values ranging in numbers of digits, so just basic left(A1,2) won't work, I'm sure I've seen a search or find function but don't know how to use them!

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Jul 10, 2009

What I would like to do is output the first 4 characters of a cell into another cell. eg Cell A1 has "1234 Sydney". If I just use the manual formula "=left(A1,4)" it would give me the correct output "1234" in say cell B2, but as a formula. As I need to automate this in a macro, how could you code this in VBA to output the String "1234" into cell B2(ie the actual output rather than a formula)?

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Mar 23, 2012

HTML Code:

If Left(Range("H18"), 7) = A23C567 Or Left(Range("H18"), 7) = A65C321 Then

ActiveSheet.Cells(6, 7).Value = "Business and Private Banking"

End If

Im trying top use the above bit of code and it does not work when the criteria is Text , so if I simply change the above to =1234567 it works fine -- But I need it to be alpha numeric

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