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I have 4 worksheets with Names in column 1 and data in all the others. All 4 worksheets do not have all the same names. Just a few. I need one worksheet with certain individuals in column 1 and their corresponding data in the following columns but don't want to do this manually. I need a formula that will capture each person's data in each of the 4 worksheets and place it on their individual rows. So in the end I will have 5 worksheets with main worksheet that automatically updates as I update the other 4 worksheets.

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  • cindy73 Mar 29, 2008

    I don't understand what you are saying. I need assistance in creating one formula (after that I should be able to figure out the others) that when I type a person's name in one cell, all their information from the other worksheets will populate in the correct cells in the first worksheet. Is the formula something like =REFERENCE(reference the name of the person, their cell location);(the worksheet name and the range of columns like A-R) and the rest I am lost.


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I would rename all the tabs to something unique and re-do the refs. You can also refer to the sheets as members of the workbook's collection of sheets but if someone re-arranged the sheets, it'll break the formulas. You can lock the workbook so that people can't rearrange the worksheets but that will probably mess up other stuff.

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    mcc99 Mar 30, 2008

    Hang in there, Cindy.

    It sounds like you will need some VBA code in your spreadsheet. You need to handle the user-generated event associated with the user hitting "Enter". Are you familiar with VBA in Excel?

    Basically, the code would just set the values of various cells in your worksheet after the Enter key was pressed while focus was on a certain cell in the worksheet. The event handler code would get the various values in other worksheets in that workbook and copy them into whatever cells you want them in. However writing this handler will require some knowledge of the concepts found in VBA. Are you familiar with those?

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You can add a reference from the worksheet 1 to all other worksheets

Is it OK?

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My MS Excel vlookup function ASCII type table contains both upper case and lower case letters, characters like ( and % or *, and numbers. It seems to return the numerical equivalent of upper case letters...

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1. Open up both workbooks.
2. Copy one worksheet from one workbook to another using.
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If you can move your name column (C) to the first column, you could leverage the VLOOKUP formula pretty easily.
To do this, do the following:
1) Move the C Column to be the A Column, shifting all other columns to the right.
2) (optional) Insert a new row at the top of the sheet (to hold the formula & seach value)
3) Use A1 as your search field.
4) In A2, enter the following formula:

Describing above parameters, in the formula:
$A$1 -> the search field (name your looking for).
$A$2:$C$6 -> The table/grid you wish to search and return values from. The left most column (A) must contain the values to be searched.
3 -> is the column number (A=1,B=2,C=3, etc) within the table/grid to return.

If you cannot make the name column your first (A) column, there are more complex ways to do this. For instance, create a new sheet which redisplays the info in the structure easier for this method, and perform the VLOOKUP on that data. Other options might exist in creating a complex formula that would get you what you want.
Also, if you can sort column A (names) it would find results faster, if your data set is large.

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Hi, I am not really sure if I get your exct meaning, so would I be correct in saying that you wish to copy all the data and structure from DCT INFO across to DCT. If this is correct so long as the dollar data is formatted in the first worksheet to currency then when it is pasted it will maintain its formating into the next sheet.

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Let me know if tis is not entirelt what you require and I will try to help further.

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Are you referring to the VLOOKUP function in Microsoft Excel?

I love vlookup!

Suppose you have 1 worksheet with song numbers and titles in Row 1, Cols A:B:

Song# Title
123 Love Me Tender
234 Blue Suede Shoes
345 Dixie

Another worksheet has song number and performer in Row 1, Cols A:B

Song# Performer
123 Elvis Presley
234 Carl Perkins
456 Cher

Notice there is NO performer for song number 345 in the 2nd worksheet.

Now in the 1st work sheet, cell C2 insert this LOOKUP function: =LOOKUP(A2,Sheet2!A:B)

Copy that cell to row 3 and row 4 in Col C. You should get a Performer for all songs even though there is not a song number 345 in the performer worksheet.

Help me out Mr. VLOOKUP.

Insert this VLOOKUP function in cell C2 of the first worksheet: =VLOOKUP(A2,Sheet2!A:B,2,0)

Copy that cell to row 3 and row 4 Col C. You should get the performer names for the 1st 2 songs, but not for 345 Dixie. The result should be #N/A.

That means VLOOKUP could not find a DIRECT match for song 345 in the second worksheet.

That is why I prefer VLOOKUP over LOOKUP.

I have found this explaination of the VLOOKUP parameters helpful:

1. Needle (A2)
2. Haystack (Sheet2!A:B)
3. RELATIVE Col containing result (2)

Hope this helps.

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