Can you extract text from a cell to use within a formula of another cell?

I'm trying to dynamically update the lookup_table value in my VLOOKUP formula based on a selection made in another cell.

Thank you,




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  • In one column, I have a drop down listing current projects. In another column, I have a VLOOKUP that references another sheet that contains budget items. Right now, that VLOOKUP command references that sheet statically.

    =IFERROR(ROUND(VLOOKUP([Cost Code]@row, {2020-049 Bus287 Budget Range}, 7, true) / VLOOKUP([Cost Code]@row, {2020-049 Bus287 Budget Range}, 5, true), 2), "MISSING INFO")

    My question, is it possible to reference another cell to dynamically change the VLOOKUP reference? Depending on the project selection, "2020-049 Bus287" would reflect the project selection and of course take the text from project and concatenate "Budget Range".

    Another way would be to test the project column to return a specific VLOOKUP command, but this would require altering the formula to reflect new projects.

  • Genevieve P.
    Genevieve P. Employee Admin

    Hi @DFW Admin

    If I'm understanding you correctly, you'd like the actual {reference} to change based on a value in a cell. So, if a column notes "Sheet 1" then the Vlookup ranges would look into sheet 1. Or if it says "Sheet 2", it will change the {reference} to be sheet 2.

    In this instance, no, there isn't a way to automatically change where {this reference} is pointing. You would either need to manually delete/replace references as needed, or write a nested IF statement to return the different VLOOKUPs you'd prefer.

    If we've misunderstood, it would be helpful to see screen captures and to learn more about your {2020-049 Bus287 Budget Range} range, but please block out sensitive data!



  • Thank you. You have the right idea. I was trying to eliminate the need to revise nested if statements. As we add new projects, the primary user could continue using the sheet with only modifying the project list rather than formulas.

    Thanks again.

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