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    comparing columns from 2 Sheets

    I have a spreadsheet with multiple sheets, each containing lists (columns) of employee numbers and corresponding deduction amounts. How can I 'join'/link the two sheets together in order to compare corresponding deduction amounts?

    Thanks, Dan
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    Re: comparing columns from 2 Sheets

    You can use Vlookup or Sumif to gather the relevant information in one sheet (in adjacent columns). Then easily compary....
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    Re: comparing columns from 2 Sheets

    so, i used the formula
    =VLOOKUP('icma match.xlsx'!emp_four, 'icma match.xlsx'!emp, 'icma match.xlsx'!DIFF,FALSE)
    where emp_four is my column name of employee#s to search, emp is my column name from a different sheet contain the search table and DIFF is the amount I am trying to retrieve upon a successful lookup .... i am getting #VALUE! for my result .... when i evaluate the expression all parts look good (to me) .... any thoughts?

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    Re: comparing columns from 2 Sheets

    Upload the worksheet you are working on so we can see the error. Just make sure there is no confidential information in there.

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    Re: comparing columns from 2 Sheets

    What is icma match.xlsx? Another workbook?

    Vlookup syntax is:

    =Vlookup(Lookup_Value,Lookup_Range, ColumnNumber, RangeLookup)

    where Lookup_Value is the actual thing you want to find in the first column of Lookup_Range (a table), and ColumnNumber is the column number within the range that contains the results you want returned... RangeLookup is optional and usually to find an exact match you would enter FALSE.

    See help files for this function.

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    Re: comparing columns from 2 Sheets

    the evaluation steps look as follows:
    VLOOKUP(emp_four, emp, DIFF,FALSE)
    VLOOKUP(11373,emp,DIFF,FALSE)
    VLOOKUP(11373,Sheet1!$A:$A,DIFF,FALSE)
    VLOOKUP(11373,Sheet1!$A:$A,Sheet1!$I:$I,FALSE)
    #VALUE!

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    Re: comparing columns from 2 Sheets

    Maybe then:

    =INDEX(DIFF,MATCH(emp_four,emp,0))

    or

    =SUMIF(emp,emp_four,DIFF) if you are returning a single number from column I

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    Re: comparing columns from 2 Sheets

    VLOOKUP(11373,Sheet1!$A:$A,Sheet1!$I:$I,FALSE)
    Should be
    VLOOKUP(11373,Sheet1!$A:$I,9,FALSE)
    Look up the value 11373 in the first column (A) of the range A:all rows through I:all rows and return the value in column number 9 of the range (Column I)

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    Re: comparing columns from 2 Sheets

    'icma match' is the entire workbook that contain the sheets i am using; when i reference a field from a sheet such as Sheet1!emp_four, the formula gets changed from 'Sheet1'! to 'icma match.xlsx'! .... i have been working with colum I in Sheet 4 and referencing Sheet 1 .....
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    Re: comparing columns from 2 Sheets

    See my above 2 options

    =SUMIF(emp,emp_four,DIFF)

    and then you can hide 0's by formatting as: 0;-0;;@

    or

    =IF(ISNUMBER(MATCH(emp_four,emp,0)),INDEX(DIFF,MATCH(emp_four,emp,0)),"")

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    Re: comparing columns from 2 Sheets

    =INDEX(DIFF,MATCH(emp_four,emp,0)) is the answer .... thanks for the help

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