Question: What would I use a vlookup function for?

By | February 13, 2015

Here are a few ways that you could use a vlookup to make your life easier:

1. A list of codes which exist in a bigger database from which you’d like to return specific details.
eg. A front page which you’d like to list product codes in and you want to automatically fetch the descriptions and prices from a larger database.

product code vlookup example


2. A front page containing values which you’d like to use a reference sheet to assign a rating based on some thresholds.
eg. A list of students’ results to which you’d like to assign a grade (such as a B grade for between 65% and 74%)

School marks vlookup example











3. A form in which you’d like to enter a value and a result to automatically appear next to it.
eg. A user form with a dropdown box which you can select a suburb from that automatically returns the postcode.

vlookup postcode example


4. Using a string (word, number, code) to determine some sort of classification
eg. You could use a a postcode to determine the state /  province (the lookup database would only need the vlookup ranges in it instead of every postcode).


vlookup suburb example


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