I have the following formula

=CONCATENATE (FILTER(boxmod!AC2:AC, boxmod!I2:AB=concatboxmod!C2 ))

The intention of this formula is to take a range and compare it to a list of unique identifiers on tab sheet concatmodbox which SHOULD look like this upon entering a formula (right now column D is empty):


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Note that Column C is using a =UNIQUE formula to pull the info from boxmod column AC.

But my formula isn't working in column D

In tab sheet boxmod I have the unique IDS in column AC, and the data to append to them in columns I-AB. This sheet looks like:

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However my formula cannot grab the entire range of I2:AB, so it only works if I write the formula for a single column. Does anyone know how to make a range work in the area {boxmod!I2:AB}?

  • pls share a copy of your sheet with an example of the desired output. its not clear what are you after exactly. you want to join columns I-J in column D based on match from column C?
    – user0
    Commented May 29, 2019 at 18:33
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    That is exactly what I'm trying to do, I added some clarification above Commented May 29, 2019 at 18:59

1 Answer 1

  • cell C1:


  • cell D1:

     VLOOKUP(C1:C, {boxmod!AC:AC, boxmod!I:J}, {2, 3}, 0))), , 999^99))))


  • Can you further iterate on what the following does? {2, 3}, 0))), , 999^99 Commented May 30, 2019 at 12:37
  • @littlecoder sure. {2,3} in vlookup means to select/output 2nd and 3rd column (from 2nd vlookup parameter/range). 0 in vlookup means "exact match". and 999^99 means a really big number so query could process that many rows
    – user0
    Commented May 30, 2019 at 14:10
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    That makes more sense, I was counting A as the start point and thought it should be {9,10}, but of course the actual start is where ever you start the vlookup on. Thanks! Commented May 30, 2019 at 14:22

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