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    VLOOKUP formula not working

    My formula is: =VLOOKUP($A2,Sheet1!A:D,4,0) and the message returned in the cell is #N/A (Value not available error).

    I've used this formula in other worksheets and it has worked fine. The lookup field is a number that can also have a - or letter assigned to it (i.e. 1010-B). I tried changing the numbers to text to see if that would help, but it did not.

    I am not sure how to solve and am not sure what I am missing. Any guidance is appreciated.

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    Re: VLOOKUP formula not working

    Sometimes a space at the end is the problem.
    For better help we need the excelfile.
    English is not my native language sorry for errors
    Please correct me if I'm completely wrong

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    Re: VLOOKUP formula not working

    Hi and welcome to the forum

    That error message normally means it cannot find what you want it to look for. If you know that the value you are looking for is really there, do a =exact(cell1,cell2) to see if they really are the same.

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    Re: VLOOKUP formula not working

    =exact(cell1,cell2) is not a good indicator as it's case sensitive
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    a simple =a1=b1 is a better test
    also exact tests text strings so a real number 100 compared with a text number 100 comes out as true ! that surprised me but it does but if you use
    =text number=real number you get false
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