# I need to return one of three answers in a cell

1. ## I need to return one of three answers in a cell

I need to have one of three results show up in the cell.

I am using VLOOKUP to get my data result, but I need the cell to display
"unknown" if the requested data is not valid. However to add to that, I need
the cell to display nothing at all if there is no data being requested.

Does anyone have any suggestions please?

2. ## Re: I need to return one of three answers in a cell

Say your lookup table is in D1:E10

=IF(A1="","",IF(ISNA(MATCH(A1,D1:D10)),"unknown",VLOOKUP(A1:D1:E10,2,0)))

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"Kath" <Kath@discussions.microsoft.com> a écrit dans le message de news:
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>I need to have one of three results show up in the cell.
>
> I am using VLOOKUP to get my data result, but I need the cell to display
> "unknown" if the requested data is not valid. However to add to that, I
> need
> the cell to display nothing at all if there is no data being requested.
>
> Does anyone have any suggestions please?

3. Can you give us a little more information. Unknown can be added to a lookup as the valure to return at he top or bottom of the range

of

if(isblank(a1)," ",if(vlookup you have used=#n/a,"Unknown",vlookup you have used))

Regards

Dav

4. ## Re: I need to return one of three answers in a cell

Thanks. I have used the formula now of

=IF(ISBLANK(D19),"",IF(ISERROR(VLOOKUP(D19,Catalogue!\$A\$4:\$C\$42,2,FALSE)),"unknown",VLOOKUP(D19,Catalogue!\$A\$4:\$C\$42,2,FALSE)))

and it returns the correct results, but it is saying it is an inconsistant
formula.

Any ideas on that?

Thanks again
Kath

"Dav" wrote:

>
> lookup as the valure to return at he top or bottom of the range
>
> of
>
> if(isblank(a1)," ",if(vlookup you have used=#n/a,"Unknown",vlookup you
> have used))
>
> Regards
>
> Dav
>
>
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> Dav
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>

5. ## Re: I need to return one of three answers in a cell

My mistake - not an inconsistant formula - just an error of refering to empty
cells - easily fixed by turning that error checker off.

thanks very much Dav and Ardus Petus. Greatly appreciated.

Kath

"Kath" wrote:

> Thanks. I have used the formula now of
>
> =IF(ISBLANK(D19),"",IF(ISERROR(VLOOKUP(D19,Catalogue!\$A\$4:\$C\$42,2,FALSE)),"unknown",VLOOKUP(D19,Catalogue!\$A\$4:\$C\$42,2,FALSE)))
>
> and it returns the correct results, but it is saying it is an inconsistant
> formula.
>
> Any ideas on that?
>
> Thanks again
> Kath
>
> "Dav" wrote:
>
> >
> > lookup as the valure to return at he top or bottom of the range
> >
> > of
> >
> > if(isblank(a1)," ",if(vlookup you have used=#n/a,"Unknown",vlookup you
> > have used))
> >
> > Regards
> >
> > Dav
> >
> >
> > --
> > Dav
> > ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> > Dav's Profile: http://www.excelforum.com/member.php...o&userid=27107
> >
> >

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