VLOOKUP formula pulling data from another sheet


I'm using the VLOOKUP Formula to match the "Application" in table 1 to "Application Name" in table 2, then return the "Primary Product Family" from Table 2, Column 2 to "Program" in Table 1 where the formula is.

=VLOOKUP(Application@row, {Applications}, 2, false)

What I'm I doing wrong?



  • Jgorsich
    Jgorsich ✭✭✭

    Vlookup sometimes has very odd problems - here is another example.

    Looking at what you've got, it seems like the problems only happen when your application name doesn't start with a 0. Given that Smartsheet tries to automatically differentiate between a numeric value and a text value, and given that a leading 0 makes it 100% certain it is treating it as text, I'm betting the problem lies it it considering one of the two application numbers to be a numeric value and the other to be text.

    If that is the case, making a helper column in each sheet that was "="app" + application@row" or "="app" + [application name]@row" and then using your formula on those helper columns instead would force it to treat everything as text and might solve the issue.

    Also - just a suggestion - index(match()) tends to have fewer issues than Vlookup.

  • bisaacs
    bisaacs ✭✭✭✭✭

    Hey @jwilson,

    Have you tried using INDEX/COLLECT in the Program colum? That seems to work for me:

    =INDEX(COLLECT({Product Family Column}, {Application Name Column}, Application@row), 1)

    Hope this helps!

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  • jwilson
    jwilson ✭✭✭

    Thank you for your answer. So if I was going to use INDEX(MATCH()), how would I write the formula?

  • jwilson
    jwilson ✭✭✭

    @Jgorsich I created a helper column in both sheets and it worked. Thank you for your help

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