Let's say I have a table like this, where B is vertically merged for A=1 and A=2

A | B
1   f
2   o
4   b
5   a
6   r

How can I look up the value of B, for A=3? The way I see it, A=2 and A=3 share a B, but the way Google Sheets's VLOOKUP seems to think of it, A=3 has no matching B. This seems like a bad design because the cell is only visually MERGING across the row but functionally you're losing data. Is there a workaround for this?

This returns nothing,

=VLOOKUP(3, A1:B6, 2)

While this returns o

=VLOOKUP(2, A1:B6, 2)

Assuming the values in the lookup column are numerical and in ascending order:


  • Could you explain that a bit? – Evan Carroll Dec 4 '18 at 4:52

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