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I am using Google Sheets and have a VLookup set to find the row in a separate sheet (tab) based on a cell and return a link in the fourth column. I am using this formula:

=IF((ISBLANK(C14)); ; VLOOKUP(C14; 'Sheet Names'!$A$2:$D$20; 4))

There are two problems:

  1. For some of the queries, it finds the row below the one it should return.
  2. For some of the queries it shows #N/A even though the value is definitely in the column.

I cannot figure out a pattern to why some do not work.

Here is a link to the spreadsheet:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1HQERC4AP2O2j32IQ4VV2us4XPONJTqG0Tl2lOGj402Y/edit?usp=sharing

  • It's pretty easy to change the language to use for Google Sheets functions without changing the account language. Click on Archivo > Configuración de la hoja de cálculo then check the Mostrar fórmulas en inglés checkbox. Also bear in mind that you could post question in Spanish on Stack Overflow en español. – Rubén Aug 1 at 20:06
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I'm not sure it's the right answer but when you need exact match always add a False in the last argument of the vlookup formula.

I never quite understood the differences of behavior with and without the last argument.

Anyway, Cell B15 is =IF((ISBLANK(B14)); ; VLOOKUP(B14; 'Sheet Names'!$A$2:$D$20; 4))

Just add the False like this =IF((ISBLANK(B14)); ; VLOOKUP(B14; 'Sheet Names'!$A$2:$D$20; 4; False()))

No more #N/A

  • Thanks! It didn't just get rid of the #N/A but it seems to also have fixed the situations where it was outputting the row below. – Luke Aug 2 at 20:05

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