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V-Lookup N/A Error Text?

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#1 Mike Loomis

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Posted 28 January 2018 - 05:01 AM

I tried to run a V-Lookup. I'm sure my syntax was correct. However, I got the N/A error. The column that contains the lookup value has cells with little green flags in the upper left corner. I think that is causing my V-Lookup to fail. I tried converting the flagged cells to numbers, but nothing changed. How can I resolve this?

#2 Jonathan


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Posted 28 January 2018 - 10:49 PM

Hi Mike,


When you say 'green flag', I assume you are talking about the small green triangle that appears in the top-right corner of the cells and not the flag icons that can be applied using Conditional Formatting.


The green flag can mean many different things - it's Excel's way of saying that it thinks there may be a problem with the contents of a cell. You can find out what the problem is by clicking on the cell and then clicking on the 'smart tag' that appears next to it.


You can see this in action in Essential Skills Session 2: Doing Useful Work with Excel (lesson 2-4).


It's hard to tell what it means in this specific case, but the most common cause is that the contents of the cell is formatted in an unusual way. This could account for your VLOOKUP problems, since VLOOKUP will use the 'real' value of the cell, even if it is formatted to appear differently.


You can see more about VLOOKUP in Expert Skills Session 3: Advanced Functions.


I hope this is helpful, but if you continue to have problems please attach an example of the problem and I will try to offer further advice. You can see instructions on attaching files by clicking here.

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