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I'm looking to use the =SORT function on some data, but I only want the first result with that name.

Column A contains a Name, column B contains a level, and column C contains a date. I'm currently using 1 sheet to list all the names, levels and dates, sorting that by date descending into a 2nd sheet, and then using a VLOOKUP on a 3rd sheet to pull the data from the 2nd sheet.

The trouble with this is that I need to create an entry into the 1st sheet with the name, level, and date but then I also need to create an entry into the 3rd sheet (where I used auto complete for the VLOOKUP).

I'm thinking I can bypass the VLOOKUP page completely if I can just sort page 1, but only have 1 entry per name. Is that possible?

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Could you share the spreadsheet with us? –  Vidar S. Ramdal Jan 22 '14 at 8:28

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I think yes, if you are prepared either to move your date column to the extreme left or maybe have a copy of it there, that could be hidden if necessary.

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