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    Whick lookup needed to return a column heading?

    I am looking for a value in a table array then need to return the column header of the column in which it is found. See attached simple spreadsheet. In Cell B2, the value in cell E1 should be returned. Slight complication is that it shouldn't be an exact match - if it only contains the lookup value, it should still return it. Lookup example.xlsx

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    Re: Whick lookup needed to return a column heading?

    Well for simple examples like that this works
    =SUMPRODUCT(($D$2:$K$25=LEFT(A2,2))*COLUMN($A$1:$H1))
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    Re: Whick lookup needed to return a column heading?

    Using your posted workbook....
    this regular formula, copied down, looks for the left letters in Col_A in the table and assigns a Zone to each postcode:
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    So if Col_A contained L52, the formula returns: 2
    If the Col_A value is blank or not a match...the formula returns: 0

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    Re: Whick lookup needed to return a column heading?

    Thank you Martin, excellent. Looks like both work, I have used Martins as it is shorter - thank you Martin and Ron.

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    Re: Whick lookup needed to return a column heading?

    Quote Originally Posted by martindwilson View Post
    Well for simple examples like that this works
    =SUMPRODUCT(($D$2:$K$25=LEFT(A2,2))*COLUMN($A$1:$H1))
    Martin - I have discovered a small problem when the postcode is only a single digit, not two - your formula looks for 2 - (A2,2) - can this be amended so it accepts both one and two digit postcodes?

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    Re: Whick lookup needed to return a column heading?

    thats why ron suggested a longer version!

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