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    Question Getting Vlookup to ignore 1st "IC Prov" and return value on second "IC Prov"

    Hi, I am using Vlookup, but I have a problem, I have 2 identical items within my range.

    If I have as follows:
    IC Prov 145.00
    IC Prov 150.00

    My formula is as follows:
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    How can I modify the formula to ignore the first "IC Prov" and return the value on the second "IC Prov" without having to change the range?

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    Re: Getting Vlookup to ignore 1st "IC Prov" and return value on second "IC Prov"

    A bit messy, but try
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    Why are there 3 spaces trailing your Lookup value "IC Prov"?
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    Re: Getting Vlookup to ignore 1st "IC Prov" and return value on second "IC Prov"

    There is space trailing it because it is that way in the ascii format that gets converted into excell, I managed to fix that by using * after the word to subsitute spaces etc. before the last ".

    Thanks, will try the formula.

    By the way, can you please explain that extra insert?

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    Re: Getting Vlookup to ignore 1st "IC Prov" and return value on second "IC Prov"

    The formula targeted the first IC Prov, how do I get it to return a figure on the second one and not the first one?

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    Re: Getting Vlookup to ignore 1st "IC Prov" and return value on second "IC Prov"

    Quote Originally Posted by sonar123
    The formula targeted the first IC Prov, how do I get it to return a figure on the second one and not the first one?
    Marcol's suggestion should work ok as I see it - returning the appropriate value from Col W

    Another alternative would be to adopt a basic SMALL based non-volatile Array:

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    Re: Getting Vlookup to ignore 1st "IC Prov" and return value on second "IC Prov"

    Hi, thanks, but I have tried it and it still does not target the second IC Prov.

    I have attached the spreadsheet.
    The total of IC Prov of R33251.94 (cell W34) must be returned in cell E21, not R33251.94 (cell W21)

    I know it displays the same figure as provident fund for employee and co should be the same figure. But I have encountered where it is not.

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    Re: Getting Vlookup to ignore 1st "IC Prov" and return value on second "IC Prov"

    Perhaps not the best example given both values cited are the same, however, the Array will work if you modify the INDEX range to W rather than X:

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    Marcol's original suggestion works without issue also.

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    Re: Getting Vlookup to ignore 1st "IC Prov" and return value on second "IC Prov"

    Thanks a mill. it works perfectly.

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    Can the formula
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    be modified so if there is only one IC Prov, it does not return nothing, but returns the first one it sees? And can we eliminate the space trailing IC Prov ?

    Just using IC Prov as an example. Most other items appears only once and I would like to modify the formula to use for all off them.

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    Re: Getting Vlookup to ignore 1st "IC Prov" and return value on second "IC Prov"

    Quote Originally Posted by sonar123
    Can the formula be modified so if there is only one IC Prov, it does not return nothing, but returns the first one it sees?
    Perhaps

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    Regards removing trailing spaces - possibly but that rather depends on the exclusivity of the search terms (use of wildcards in the COUNTIF etc)

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    Re: Getting Vlookup to ignore 1st "IC Prov" and return value on second "IC Prov"

    Thanks once again. You were a great help.

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