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look up and insert a function with VLOOKUP

look up and insert a function with VLOOKUP

look up and insert a function with VLOOKUP

(OP)
I know how to use VLOOKUP to look up a number or text string and insert it into a cell.  What I want to know is how to look up a function and have it work in the cell it is inserted into.

EXAMPLE:

    A   B   C   D   E
1   a (E1+D1)   3   6
2   b (E*D)
3   
4   a

In cell B4 I want to put =VLOOKUP(A4, A1:B2,2,False) and have it return a value of 9.  If I put a "b" in cell A4 I want it to return a value of 18.

If any one knows how to do this using functions in excel please reply.  Thanks

RE: look up and insert a function with VLOOKUP

(OP)
Those formulas are in cells B1 and B2.

RE: look up and insert a function with VLOOKUP

Um, what you have written seems to work once you have corrected the obvious mistake.

leastways, if i type a in a4 i get 9, and if i type b then i get 18?

Cheers

Greg Locock

RE: look up and insert a function with VLOOKUP

(OP)
Thanks,  My example was not a good one because I am using multiple sheets in the workbook.  I think that I have found another way to do it but if not I'll post again.

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