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    Need formula to query an array and return a value

    I am an extreme beginner when it comes to Excel programming, so I was wondering if someone could help me.

    I am getting a CSV file from a web site which has columns of text values. Let's say one has A-Z. I have a worksheet that has 2 columns where if a1 is the value A, A2 is Andrew, b1 = B, b2 = Bob, c1 = C, c2 = Charlie, etc. I need a formula that will read the values that come in a column of the CSV file, compare them to my list in the worksheet, and return the value in the column next the list of A-Z. They're actually product SKUs and descriptions, I've attached a jpg that might help describe what I'm trying to do.

    Any help or pointers would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
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    Re: Need formula to query an array and return a value

    Your above description and the attachment don't correlate as far as I can tell...

    Where are the items in column B of your worksheet coming from?

    Better to attach an actual excel workbook sample rather than jpg image
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    Re: Need formula to query an array and return a value

    Thanks for the response.

    I have one spreadsheet (worksheet?) where column A is an SKU and column B is a description of the product. There are 1,100 rows in that sheet.

    Then I download orders from a web site as a CSV where I get the SKUs, but not the product description. I want to scan the 1,100 rows, find the matching description and place it in a column on the CSV file.

    The attached file has 2 worksheets. The first is a sample CSV download from the site, the second is a page from the product list. The lines in red show the data I am trying to draw.

    Thanks again for offering your expertise on this.
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    Re: Need formula to query an array and return a value

    K2: =VLOOKUP(H2,'Product Description List'!$A$2:$B$30,2,FALSE)
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    Re: Need formula to query an array and return a value

    Thanks! That was awesome. With a little tinkering I was able to bring in all of the long descriptions based on their codes and export to QuickBooks. Saved me countless hours.

    Great job!!

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    Re: Need formula to query an array and return a value

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