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Thread: Is a VLOOKUP the right thing to use to get a drop down list to bring in a %

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    Is a VLOOKUP the right thing to use to get a drop down list to bring in a %

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    I am very new to this and based on what I have read I need to create a VLOOKUP formula to accomplish a task that I THINK should be very easy, but many hours later I'm finding that it isn't easy for me! I think I'm on the right track to make this work but I'm open to any and all suggestions on how to make this work better
    My scenario:
    I have a worksheet that has cells with a drop down box - listed on sheet 2 of my book. When someone selects an item from the drop down box I need a % that is in the cell next to that list to populate in the cell to the right of the drop down box. I then need that % to be applied to a total volume number.


    worksheet 1
    G H I
    Drop Down Box % Total of I x B5

    worksheet 2

    A B
    Choice ABC 1.5%

    Thanks for any help out there!
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    Good afternoon,

    Vlookup is pretty simple. The format is vlookup(value, in a range (the value you want to lookup has to be in the leftmost of this range), the column number of the answer, FALSE (false means sorted I think, but the answer is almost always false...)

    Example: in h12 : =VLOOKUP(G12,Sheet2!$D:$E,2,FALSE)

    Hope this helps,

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    NO ,FALSE means that it will search for an exact match only, no sort needed, TRUE means it will look for as per this from the help files

    • If range_lookup is either TRUE or is omitted, an exact or approximate match is returned. If an exact match is not found, the next largest value that is less than lookup_value is returned.

    Important If range_lookup is either TRUE or is omitted, the values in the first column of table_array must be placed in ascending sort order; otherwise, VLOOKUP might not return the correct value.

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