Here's the set up to the problem I'm having.

I have a column of dates and a column of truck numbers. I'm trying to use VLOOKUP to find what truck numbers correspond to the dates. There are multiple dates and they're in the MM/DD/YYYY format. A date will have multiple truck numbers attached to it. I've attached a picture of the data I'm wanting to use.

My question is how would I go about using VLOOKUP with the dates in column B as the search criteria? What I have so far is: =VLOOKUP("3/24/2021", B:E, 4, 0).

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In the formula, =VLOOKUP("3/24/2021", B:E, 4, 0), for Google Sheets the first parameter is a text value, not a date. Instead of "3/24/2021" you could use DATE(2021,3,24), by the other hand, VLOOKUP will return only the first match. If you want all the the Trucks numbers for a certain date instead of VLOOKUP use FILTER or QUERY.

NOTE: To return a date value instead of DATE you might also use TO_DATE. For details look at the function helper is shown when typing functions in a formula.


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    Thanks! I used QUERY like you suggested and it's much better suited for my needs! Jun 16, 2021 at 14:55

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