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    vLookup multiple values separated by ";" in single cell / return result in single cell

    Hi,

    I have a workbook that contains a list of IDs in a single column, there can be multiple IDs in a single cell in which case they are separated by a semicolon.
    There's no real upper limit on how many IDs can be in a single cell (outside of Excel's 32,767 character limit I suppose) and there may be 100s of rows of IDs and some of them may just be single IDs per row.

    Example:

    ProductIdList
    OFR.00001;OFR.00002;OFR.00003
    OFR.00001

    In a separate Excel Addin I have a table named ProductIDRef that lists the IDs and the Display Name associated with them

    Offer ID Display Name
    OFR.00001 Product 1
    OFR.00002 Product 2
    OFR.00003 Product 3

    I'm looking for a vLookup or Function to look up the IDs' Display Name and put the results in a column next to the ProductIdList like this:

    ProductIdList ProductNameList
    OFR.00001;OFR.00002;OFR.00003 Product 1;Product 2;Product 3
    OFR.00001 Product 1

    I've attached an example workbook where the table that normally sits in a separate addin is in Sheet2.

    To reference that table in the addin I normally use the following but this only works for cases where there is only one ID per row (e.g. in "A2").

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    Re: vLookup multiple values separated by ";" in single cell / return result in single cell

    Not looked at your workbook but you would use Split on each cell to create an array and loop through the elements of the array to return the relevant values. You can concatenate the entries and output them to the worksheet cell.

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    Re: vLookup multiple values separated by ";" in single cell / return result in single cell

    I made a function that can do this:

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    And coincidentally, I built pretty much what TMS was talking about. Glad I was on the right track.

    Using this, I put B2:

    =ZLOOKUP(A2,ProductIDRef[Offer ID])
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    Re: vLookup multiple values separated by ";" in single cell / return result in single cell

    That's perfect, thank you for the help both of you. I wasn't familiar with Split.

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