With Cell F1 a drop down menu, I'm trying to look up the value of A2 on sheet 2 and if F1 contains:

  • "Test1 1/2", then return the data in the 3rd column
  • "Test1 2/1", then return the data in the 4th column
  • "Test2 1/2", then return the data in the 5th column
  • "Test2 2/1", then return the data in the 6th column.

I was able to figure it out using a total of four if functions, except the equation shows "wrong number of arguments to IF":

=IF(F1="Test1 1/2",vlookup(A2,Sheet11!A2:F,3,false),
 IF(F1="Test1 2/1",vlookup(A2,Sheet11!A2:F,4,false)),
 IF(F1="Test2 1/2",vlookup(A2,Sheet11!A2:F,5,false)),
 IF(F1="Test2 2/1",vlookup(A2,Sheet11!A2:F,6,false)))
  • Please share a doc with us and show us the expected outcome. VLOOKUP is the correct direction, but shifting them into columns is another thing.
    – Jacob Jan
    Commented Apr 11, 2013 at 5:50
  • I went ahead and figured it out on my own. Trial and error, with some searching.
    – Brian
    Commented Apr 11, 2013 at 6:49
  • 3
    Perhaps you can answer your own question? That perfectly normal here on Web Applications. We might learn from it !!
    – Jacob Jan
    Commented Apr 11, 2013 at 7:03
  • I've prepared an example file for you, to show you how the VLOOKUP formula works: goo.gl/nfP6K
    – Jacob Jan
    Commented Apr 13, 2013 at 20:35

1 Answer 1


According to OP (who seems unlikely to post an answer as such):

Here is the correct equation:

=IF(F1="Test1 1/2",vlookup(A2,Sheet11!A2:F,3,false),IF(F1="Test1 2/1",vlookup(A2,Sheet11!A2:F,4,false),IF(F1="Test2 1/2",vlookup(A2,Sheet11!A2:F,5,false),IF(F1="Test2 2/1",vlookup(A2,Sheet11!A2:F,6,false)))))

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