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    Need to look up and combine data

    I have a spreadsheet similar to the attached example. Essentially I have the following:

    Table 1: This table is a matrix filled out by a staff. For each area, there are 5 potentially relevant objectives (I say potentially because not all objectives are relevant to each area). I then have a list of documents that would pertain to that area if that particular objective applies. For example, Document A applies to area Blue objective 1 and 2.

    Table 2: I want to automatically pull the values in the highlighted column based on what is populated in table 1. You can see that area Blue objective 1 only pulls document A because that's all that is marked in table 1. Area blue objective 2, however, pulls "A, B" because both A and B are checked in table 1.

    I thought I could try an index and then try to find some way to combine the results but I'm having much more difficulty than I originally thought. I've also found this thread (https://www.mrexcel.com/forum/showth...(Concatenate-)) and it's close, but I'm not quite sure it fits what I need. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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    Re: Need to look up and combine data

    Much easier with a user-defined VBA function, int he attached. Note that your use of merged cells meant that the function had to be entered three times and copied to three blocks, rather than entered once and copied down. I have used it both ways to show how to use it correctly.
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    Re: Need to look up and combine data

    Interesting, thank you! Do you mind explaining what exactly it's doing? I get the general idea that it's indexing Table 1, but I'm guessing it works differently?

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    Re: Need to look up and combine data

    What is is doing exactly is:

    Finding the column needed from the table (1 through 5) based on the value in column C, then looking for x entries (actually, any non-blank value) in that column of the table, checking for the color of interest, and then returning the appropriate letter(s).

    Using spreadsheet functions would have been way too convoluted, if it would even be possible.

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