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    Lookup part number in column and return heading if found

    Hi, I have an excel 2010 spreadsheet with column A having 4000 part numbers (Alpha Numeric) the column is broken into "Groups" with each group having a heading.
    I am trying to search the column for a part number and return its group heading. I cannot toy with the column as it is maintained by another department
    Can anyone assist.

    Thanks in anticipation
    Andre Van Der Walt

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    Re: Lookup part number in column and return heading if found

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    Re: Lookup part number in column and return heading if found

    I would like to search for "BCB022P06OF" and if found I would like it to return "0.22mm˛ TCW Multi-Pair"
    I hope this makes sense.example.xlsx

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    Re: Lookup part number in column and return heading if found

    Assuming D2 contains "BCB022P06OF", last row is 7263

    I will try to locate the upper "code" title (cell A5), then get the group title above it (cell A4):

    =LOOKUP(MATCH($D$2,$A$1:$A$7263,0),IF($A$2:$A$7263="Code",ROW($A$2:$A$7263),""),$A$1:$A$7262)

    ...confirmed by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER to activate the array, not just ENTER. You will know the array is active when you see curly braces { } appear around your formula. If you do not CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER you will get an error or a clearly incorrect answer. Press F2 on that cell and try again.
    Last edited by bebo021999; 10-14-2015 at 01:26 PM.

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    Re: Lookup part number in column and return heading if found

    Try

    =LOOKUP(2,1/(B$2:INDEX(B:B,MATCH("BCB022P06OF",A:A,0))="Description"),A:A)

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    Re: Lookup part number in column and return heading if found

    Thank you bebo021999, your solution does exactly what I required.
    Bryan, TX thanks for your solution, only problem is that the part number being searched for has to be entered into the formula, whereas bebo021999's solution refers to the contents of a cell

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    Re: Lookup part number in column and return heading if found

    Quote Originally Posted by Gorbs View Post
    Bryan, TX thanks for your solution, only problem is that the part number being searched for has to be entered into the formula, whereas bebo021999's solution refers to the contents of a cell
    You can do that with this formula as well.
    I hard coded it because you never specified which cell would contain the code (or even that you wanted it to).

    =LOOKUP(2,1/(B$2:INDEX(B:B,MATCH(D2,A:A,0))="Description"),A:A)

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