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    Help with a reference formula

    Hi, I'm new here but I have been wracking my brain trying to get this spreadsheet to work how I want it.

    In column A of one worksheet I have a list of names ranging from Cell A1 to A155. On that same worksheet in Column M I will have a few different associated statuses that will change frequently. I want to make it so on another worksheet I can have a particular status being listed and whomever has it at that time from the name list can be referenced.

    Not sure if I am explaining it right.

    I tried doing LOOKUP but it would always pick the last person who had anything at all in the status column instead of who had the proper word, (ie Active,Inactive)

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Help with a reference formula

    How about making a pivot table?

    http://peltiertech.com/Excel/Pivots/pivotstart.htm

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    Re: Help with a reference formula

    I never thought of, nor done one of those before. I will try it out. Thanks for the suggestion.

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    Re: Help with a reference formula

    Is there only one name to pull with Active status?
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    Re: Help with a reference formula

    Yes, only one name for each status I put in there. Active, Inactive, Missing, etc... I tried the Pivot table and it doesn't look like it will work for what I am trying to do.

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    Re: Help with a reference formula

    Try

    =INDEX('Sheet1'!$A$1:$A$155,Match(A1,'Sheet1'!$M$1:$M$155,0))

    where Sheet1 is the name of the other sheet and A1 on current sheet holds "Active" without quotes. Adjust as necessary

    You can copy formula down.

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    Re: Help with a reference formula

    NICE!!! That worked like a champ!! Thanks a million!

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