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isblank & vlookup formula returns #n/a result and incorrect result

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    isblank & vlookup formula returns #n/a result and incorrect result

    I am building a spreadsheet to autopopulate cells if certain criteria is filled in. Using this formula works for 2 years through 5 years, but produces a #n/a result for the 1 year and outputs an incorrect result for 6 months. I've tried using the 'isblank' and 'istext' formulas. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    =IF(ISBLANK(C3),"",VLOOKUP(A3,DropDownLists!A$2:B$7,2)+C3)

    Term Term / End Date Lookup Calculation
    6 months 183
    1 year 365
    2 years 730
    3 years 1095
    4 years 1460
    5 years 1825
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    Re: isblank & vlookup formula returns #n/a result and incorrect result

    Hi,

    welcome to the forum.

    D3 is 9 - Jul - 13, which has the formula you have shown... which is correct.
    What result you are expecting ?

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    Re: isblank & vlookup formula returns #n/a result and incorrect result

    use: VLOOKUP(A3,DropDownLists!A$2:B$7,2,FALSE)
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    Re: isblank & vlookup formula returns #n/a result and incorrect result

    Thank you. D3 result is 08-Jul-16. I'm attempting to attach a pic - hope it comes through. Result should be 6 months from July 10, 2011 -> Jan 09, 2012. Which would then result in Contract Status to show as Expired.

    6MonthResult.PNG

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    Re: isblank & vlookup formula returns #n/a result and incorrect result

    Yes that worked! I had tried using False at some point but removed it - although I can't remember why now. What exactly does the 'False' do?

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    Re: isblank & vlookup formula returns #n/a result and incorrect result

    FALSE = Exact match
    TRUE = Approximate match

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