I have a list of data that is not in alphabetical or numerical order. I want to sort a second list of the same date to match the first list. I cannot change the order of the data. My goal is to paste additional data from the second set back into the first data set.
**DATA SET A** **DATA SET B** 22350 ____ BH160 100 22355 ____ 22350 125 BH160 ____ BH190 200 BH190 ____ 22355 150
I would like to get the numerical value from column 2 of DATA SET B to show up in a new column of DATA SET A. For example, I want 125 to show up in line 1, column 2 of DATA SET 1.
My list contains about 200 unique numbers and I need to update it every week.
Can someone help me? Maybe with a macro that I could use each week?
You could also use
INDEX MATCH, which is more “powerful” than vlookup. This would give you exactly what you are looking for:
You can use
Assuming those are in columns A and B in Sheet1 and Sheet2 each, 22350 is in cell A2 of Sheet1, you can use:
=VLOOKUP(A2, Sheet2!A:B, 2, 0)
This will return you
#N/A if there are no matches. Drag/Fill/Copy&Paste the formula to the bottom of your table and that should do it.
You could also simply link both cells, and have an =Cell formula in each column like,
=Sheet2!A2 in Sheet 1 A2 and
=Sheet2!B2 in Sheet 1 B2, and drag it down, and then sort those two columns the way you want.
- If they don’t sort the way you want, put the order you want to sort them in another column and sort all three columns by that.
- If you drag it down further and get zeros you can edit the =Cell formula to show “” IF there is nothing. =(if(cell=””,””,cell)
- Cutting, pasting, deleting, and inserting rows is something to be weary of. #REF! errors could occur.
This would be better if your unique items change also, then all you would do is sort and be done.