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excel – Search for value in column that matches another column AND a date?

Posted by: admin May 14, 2020 Leave a comment


I have data stored in three columns of Excel

Column A: Serial Number
Column B: Date
Column C: Value (e.g. Cost)

I need to look for the Value (Column C) associated with a particular Serial Number (Column A) AND Date (Column B).

So for example, in the screenshot below, if I want to look for the Value associated with Serial number (T455) and Date (Dec 13, 2010), the value should be 8.

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The only method I can come up with would be computationally inefficient, because I would go through ALL the cells each time I look for a value.

Is there a method, for example, that would limit the search area for a given serial number?

For example, if I am looking for a value for Serial Number T455, how can I limit the code to search for the date in Rows (6-13) and find the corresponding value in Column C, rather than searching the whole table?

Sub FindValue()

Dim S as String
Dim D as Date
Dim V as Integer

S = T455
D = Dec 13, 2010

for i = 1 to Range("A1").End(xldown).Row 

If Range("A" & i) = S And Range("B" & i) < Date - 7 And Range("B" & i) < Date + 7   Then
' This way i search a date range rather than a specific date

V = Range("C" & i).Value

End If

End Sub

I thought of While loops, or Lookup functions, but reached a dead end.

How to&Answers:

Non-VBA Solution that may be a lot easier and less of a headache.

Column A consists of the formula, for A1 = “=B1&C1”

Cell G1 formula can be seen in formula bar.

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Here is a VBA solution that will work faster, but there are some notes based on what you wrote that I am unsure of. Also, see some comments to help your code work more like you want it to.

Sub FindValue()

Dim S As String, D As Date, V As Integer, rngFound As Range, cel As Range

S = "T455" 'needs quotes around the string
D = "Dec 13, 2010" 'needs quotes around the date

Dim wks As Worksheet
Set wks = ActiveSheet

With wks

     'always better to AutoFilter than Loop when you can!
    .UsedRange.AutoFilter 1, S
    .UsedRange.AutoFilter 2, ">" & D - 7, xlAnd, "<" & D + 7

    Set rngFound = Intersect(.UsedRange, .Columns(3)).SpecialCells(xlCellTypeVisible)

    'the only thing here is if you have a date range _
        'you may return more than one result _
        'in that case, I don't know what you want to do with all the V's

    If Not rngFound Is Nothing Then
        For Each cel In rngFound
            V = cel.Value
    End If

    .AutoFilterMode = False

End With

End Sub


If you are willing to entertain a non-VBA solution, then you can use this implementation, which basically uses this formula:

  IF(Category2<>Criteria2, 1, 0)+IF(Category1<>Criteria1, 1, 0), 0)), "")

There are several VBA methods, which really depend on how comfortable you are with the language and how efficient you want your solution to be. Off the top of my head:

1) filter the list with both criteria, then return the relevant value in whatever row is visible (if any)

2) sort your data by those two columns (first by serial, then date), then perform searches (you’d probably want to call built-in functions like MATCH)