I am using
=IF(VLOOKUP(A2;$B$2:$B$11;B2;FALSE); TRUE; FALSE) to lookup a value in the column A.
As you can see my formula does not seem valid. Any suggestions why this is the case?
I appreciate your answer!
I am currently getting with
FALSE values. However I want to see
True if there is a match:
=ISNUMBER(MATCH(A2, $B$2:$B$11, 0)) gives me the same result:
VLOOKUP takes the following arguments:
=VLOOKUP(lookup_value; table_array; col_index_num; [range_lookup])
lookup_value is what will be looked for in the first column of
table_array is the table in which the
lookup_value and the value to be returned are.
col_index_num is the number indicating the nth column within
table_array from which the value is to be returned from.
[range_lookup] (defaults to
true) indicates the type of lookup, true being approximate and false being exact.
As such, if you want to find if
A2 is in table
$B$2:$B$11, you need to use a
col_index_num of 1.
A simpler formula however would be with
=ISNUMBER(MATCH(A2; $B$2:$B$11; 0))
MATCH returns the relative row number in which the value
A2 is found. If there is a match, you get a number and hence
If you want to check if a value from column B exists in column A, then you have it reversed in the formula you used. Turning it around gives:
=ISNUMBER(MATCH(B2; $A$2:$A$11; 0))
You could also use
COUNTIF, i.e. this formula in C2 copied down