How to VLOOKUP across multiple sheets in Excel with examples

The tutorial shows how to use the VLOOKUP function to copy data from another worksheet or workbook, Vlookup in multiple sheets, and look up dynamically to return values from different sheets into different cells.

When looking up some information in Excel, it's a rare case when all the data is on the same sheet. More often, you will have to search across multiple sheets or even different workbooks. The good news is that Microsoft Excel provides more than one way to do this, and the bad news is that all the ways are a bit more complicated than a standard VLOOKUP formula. But with just a little patience, we will figure them out :)

How to VLOOKUP between two sheets

For starters, let's investigate a simplest case - using VLOOKUP to copy data from another worksheet. It's very similar to a regular VLOOKUP formula that searches on the same worksheet. The difference is that you include the sheet name in the table_array argument to tell your formula in which worksheet the lookup range is located.

The generic formula to VLOOKUP from another sheet is as follows:

VLOOKUP(lookup_value, Sheet!range, col_index_num, [range_lookup])

As an example, let's pull the sales figures from Jan report to Summary sheet. For this, we define the following arguments:

  • Lookup_values are in column A on the Summary sheet, and we refer to the first data cell, which is A2.
  • Table_array is the range A2:B6 on the Jan sheet. To refer to it, prefix the range reference with the sheet name followed by the exclamation point: Jan!$A$2:$B$6.

    Please pay attention that we lock the range with absolute cell references to prevent it from changing when copying the formula to other cells.
    Col_index_num is 2 because we want to copy a value from column B, which is the 2nd column in the table array.

  • Range_lookup is set to FALSE to look up an exact match.

Putting the arguments together, we get this formula:

=VLOOKUP(A2, Jan!$A$2:$B$6, 2, FALSE)

Drag the formula down the column and you will get this result: VLOOKUP from another sheet

In a similar manner, you can Vlookup data from the Feb and Mar sheets:

=VLOOKUP(A2, Feb!$A$2:$B$6, 2, FALSE)

=VLOOKUP(A2, Mar!$A$2:$B$6, 2, FALSE) VLOOKUP between two sheets

Tips and notes:

  • If the sheet name contains spaces or non-alphabetical characters, it must be enclosed in single quotation marks, like 'Jan Sales'!$A$2:$B$6. For more info, please see How to reference another sheet in Excel.
  • Instead of typing a sheet name directly in a formula, you can switch to the lookup worksheet and select the range there. Excel will insert a reference with the correct syntax automatically, sparing you the trouble to check the name and troubleshoot.

Vlookup from a different workbook

To VLOOKUP between two workbooks, include the file name in square brackets, followed by the sheet name and the exclamation point.

For example, to search for A2 value in the range A2:B6 on Jan sheet in the Sales_reports.xlsx workbook, use this formula:

=VLOOKUP(A2, [Sales_reports.xlsx]Jan!$A$2:$B$6, 2, FALSE)

For full details, please see VLOOKUP from another workbook in Excel.

Vlookup across multiple sheets with IFERROR

When you need to look up between more than two sheets, the easiest solution is to use VLOOKUP in combination with IFERROR. The idea is to nest several IFERROR functions to check multiple worksheets one by one: if the first VLOOKUP does not find a match on the first sheet, search in the next sheet, and so on.


To see how this approach works on real-life data, let's consider the following example. Below is the Summary table that we want to populate with the item names and amounts by looking up the order number in West and East sheets: Sample data to Vlookup across multiple sheets

First, we are going to pull the items. For this, we instruct the VLOOKUP formula to search for the order number in A2 on the East sheet and return the value from column B (2nd column in table_array A2:C6). If an exact match is not found, then search in the West sheet. If both Vlookups fail, return "Not found".

=IFERROR(VLOOKUP(A2, East!$A$2:$C$6, 2, FALSE), IFERROR(VLOOKUP(A2, West!$A$2:$C$6, 2, FALSE), "Not found")) Vlookup across multiple sheets with IFERROR

To return the amount, simply change the column index number to 3:

=IFERROR(VLOOKUP(A2, East!$A$2:$C$6, 3, FALSE), IFERROR(VLOOKUP(A2, West!$A$2:$C$6, 3, FALSE), "Not found"))

Tip. If needed, you can specify different table arrays for different VLOOKUP functions. In this example, both lookup sheets have the same number of rows (A2:C6), but your worksheets may be different in size.

Vlookup in multiple workbooks

To Vlookup between two or more workbooks, enclose the workbook name in square brackets and put it before the sheet name. For example, here's how you can Vlookup in two different files (Book1 and Book2) with a single formula:

=IFERROR(VLOOKUP(A2, [Book1.xlsx]East!$A$2:$C$6, 2, FALSE), IFERROR(VLOOKUP(A2, [Book2.xlsx]West!$A$2:$C$6, 2, FALSE),"Not found"))

Make column index number dynamic to Vlookup multiple columns

In situation when you need to return data from several columns, making col_index_num dynamic could save you some time. There are a couple of adjustments to be made:

  • For the col_index_num argument, use the COLUMNS function that returns the number of columns in a specified array: COLUMNS($A$1:B$1). (The row coordinate does not really matter, it can be just any row.)
  • In the lookup_value argument, lock the column reference with the $ sign ($A2), so it remains fixed when copying the formula to other columns.

As the result, you get a kind of dynamic formula that extracts matching values from different columns, depending on which column the formula is copied to:

=IFERROR(VLOOKUP($A2, East!$A$2:$C$6, COLUMNS($A$1:B$1), FALSE), IFERROR(VLOOKUP($A2, West!$A$2:$C$6, COLUMNS($A$1:B$1), FALSE), "Not found"))

When entered in column B, COLUMNS($A$1:B$1) evaluates to 2 telling VLOOKUP to return a value from the 2nd column in the table array.

When copied to column C (i.e. you've dragged the formula from B2 to C2), B$1 changes to C$1 because the column reference is relative. Consequently, COLUMNS($A$1:C$1) evaluates to 3 forcing VLOOKUP to return a value from the 3rd column. To Vlookup from multiple columns, make col_index_num dynamic.

This formula works great for 2 - 3 lookup sheets. If you have more, repetitive IFERRORs become too cumbersome. The next example demonstrates a bit more complicated but a lot more elegant approach.

Vlookup multiple sheets with INDIRECT

One more way to Vlookup between multiple sheets in Excel is to use a combination of VLOOKUP and INDIRECT functions. This method requires a little preparation, but in the end, you will have a more compact formula to Vlookup in any number of spreadsheets.

A generic formula to Vlookup across sheets is as follows:

VLOOKUP(lookup_value, INDIRECT("'"&INDEX(Lookup_sheets, MATCH(1, --(COUNTIF(INDIRECT("'" & Lookup_sheets & "'!lookup_range"), lookup_value)>0), 0)) & "'!table_array"), col_index_num, FALSE)


  • Lookup_sheets - a named range consisting of the lookup sheet names.
  • Lookup_value - the value to search for.
  • Lookup_range - the column range in the lookup sheets where to search for the lookup value.
  • Table_array - the data range in the lookup sheets.
  • Col_index_num - the number of the column in the table array from which to return a value.

For the formula to work correctly, please bear in mind the following caveats:

  • It's an array formula, which must be completed by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together.
  • All the sheets must have the same order of columns.
  • As we use one table array for all lookup sheets, specify the largest range if your sheets have different numbers of rows.

How to use the formula to Vlookup across sheets

To Vlookup multiple sheets at a time, carry out these steps:

  1. Write down all the lookup sheet names somewhere in your workbook and name that range (Lookup_sheets in our case). Lookup_sheets named range
  2. Adjust the generic formula for your data. In this example, we'll be:
    • searching for A2 value (lookup_value)
    • in the range A2:A6 (lookup_range) in four worksheets (East, North, South and West), and
    • pull matching values from column B, which is column 2 (col_index_num) in the data range A2:C6 (table_array).

    With the above arguments, the formula takes this shape:

    =VLOOKUP($A2, INDIRECT("'"&INDEX(Lookup_sheets, MATCH(1, --(COUNTIF(INDIRECT("'"& Lookup_sheets&"'!$A$2:$A$6"), $A2)>0), 0)) &"'!$A$2:$C$6"), 2, FALSE)

    Please notice that we lock both ranges ($A$2:$A$6 and $A$2:$C$6) with absolute cell references.

  3. Enter the formula in the topmost cell (B2 in this example) and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to complete it.
  4. Double click or drag the fill handle to copy the formula down the column.

As the result, we've got the formula to look up the order number in 4 sheets and retrieve the corresponding item. If a specific order number is not found, a #N/A error is displayed like in row 14: Array formula to Vlookup across multiple sheets

To return the amount, simply replace 2 with 3 in the col_index_num argument as amounts are in the 3rd column of the table array:

=VLOOKUP($A2, INDIRECT("'"&INDEX(Lookup_sheets, MATCH(1, --(COUNTIF(INDIRECT("'" & Lookup_sheets & "'!$A$2:$A$6"), $A2)>0), 0)) & "'!$A$2:$C$6"), 3, FALSE)

If you'd like to replace the standard #N/A error notation with your own text, wrap the formula into the IFNA function:

=IFNA(VLOOKUP($A2, INDIRECT("'"&INDEX(Lookup_sheets, MATCH(1, --(COUNTIF(INDIRECT("'" & Lookup_sheets & "'!$A$2:$A$6"), $A2)>0), 0)) & "'!$A$2:$C$6"), 3, FALSE), "Not found") Display your text instead of N/A error.

Vlookup multiple sheets between workbooks

This generic formula (or its any variation) can also be used to Vlookup multiple sheets in a different workbook. For this, concatenate the workbook name inside INDIRECT like shown in the below formula:

=IFNA(VLOOKUP($A2, INDIRECT("'[Book1.xlsx]" & INDEX(Lookup_sheets, MATCH(1, --(COUNTIF(INDIRECT("'[Book1.xlsx]" & Lookup_sheets & "'!$A$2:$A$6"), $A2)>0), 0)) & "'!$A$2:$C$6"), 2, FALSE), "Not found")

Vlookup between sheets and return multiple columns

If you want to pull data from several columns, a multi-cell array formula can do that in one go. To create such a formula, supply an array constant for the col_index_num argument.

In this example, we wish to return the item names (column B) and amounts (column C), which are the 2nd and 3rd columns in the table array, respectively. So, the required array is {2,3}.

=VLOOKUP($A2, INDIRECT("'"&INDEX(Lookup_sheets, MATCH(1, --(COUNTIF(INDIRECT("'"& Lookup_sheets &"'!$A$2:$C$6"), $A2)>0), 0)) &"'!$A$2:$C$6"), {2,3}, FALSE)

To correctly enter the formula in multiple cells, this is what you need to do:

  • In the first row, select all the cells to be populated (B2:C2 in our example).
  • Type the formula and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter. This enters the same formula in the selected cells, which will return a different value in each column.
  • Drag down the formula to the remaining rows. Vlookup between sheets and return multiple columns

How this formula works

To better understand the logic, let's break down this basic formula to the individual functions:

=VLOOKUP($A2, INDIRECT("'"&INDEX(Lookup_sheets, MATCH(1, --(COUNTIF(INDIRECT("'"& Lookup_sheets&"'!$A$2:$A$6"), $A2)>0), 0)) &"'!$A$2:$C$6"), 2, FALSE)

Working from the inside out, here's what the formula does:


In a nutshell, INDIRECT builds the references for all lookup sheets, and COUNTIF counts the occurrences of the lookup value (A2) in each sheet:

--(COUNTIF( INDIRECT("'"&Lookup_sheets&"'!$A$2:$A$6"), $A2)>0)

In more detail:

First, you concatenate the range name (Lookup_sheets) and the range reference ($A$2:$A$6), adding apostrophes and the exclamation point in the right places to make an external reference, and feed the resulting text string to the INDIRECT function to dynamically refer to the lookup sheets:

INDIRECT({"'East'!$A$2:$A$6"; "'South'!$A$2:$A$6"; "'North'!$A$2:$A$6"; "'West'!$A$2:$A$6"})

COUNTIF checks each cell in the range A2:A6 on each lookup sheet against the value in A2 on the main sheet and returns the count of matches for each sheet. In our dataset, the order number in A2 (101) is found in the West sheet, which is 4th in the named range, so COUNTIF returns this array:


Next, you compare each element of the above array with 0:

--({0; 0; 0; 1}>0)

This yields an array of TRUE (greater than 0) and FALSE (equal to 0) values, which you coerce to 1's and 0's by using a double unary (--), and get the following array as the result:

{0; 0; 0; 1}

This operation is an extra precaution to handle a situation when a lookup sheet contains several occurrences of the lookup value, in which case COUNTIF would return a count greater than 1, while we want only 1's and 0's in the final array (in a moment, you will understand why).

After all these transformations, our formula looks as follows:

VLOOKUP($A2, INDIRECT("'"&INDEX(Lookup_sheets, MATCH(1, {0;0;0;1}, 0)) &"'!$A$2:$C$6"), 2, FALSE)


At this point, a classic INDEX MATCH combination steps in:

INDEX(Lookup_sheets, MATCH(1, {0;0;0;1}, 0))

The MATCH function configured for exact match (0 in the last argument) looks for the value 1 in the array {0;0;0;1} and returns its position, which is 4:

INDEX(Lookup_sheets, 4)

The INDEX function uses the number returned by MATCH as the row number argument (row_num), and returns the 4th value in the named range Lookup_sheets, which is West.

So, the formula further reduces to:

VLOOKUP($A2, INDIRECT("'"&"West"&"'!$A$2:$C$6"), 2, FALSE)


The INDIRECT function processes the text string inside it:


And converts it into a reference that goes to the table_array argument of VLOOKUP:

VLOOKUP($A2, 'West'!$A$2:$C$6, 2, FALSE)

Finally, this very standard VLOOKUP formula searches for the A2 value in the first column of the range A2:C6 on the West sheet and returns a match from the 2nd column. That's it!

Dynamic VLOOKUP to return data from multiple sheets into different cells

First off, let's define what exactly the word "dynamic" means in this context and how this formula is going to be different from the previous ones.

In case you have large chunks of data in the same format that are split over multiple spreadsheets, you may want to extract information from different sheets into different cells. The image below illustrates the concept: VLOOKUP and return data from multiple sheets into different cells

Unlike the previous formulas that retrieved a value from a specific sheet based on a unique identifier, this time we are looking to extract values from several sheets at a time.

There are two different solutions for this task. In both cases, you need to do a little preparatory work and create named ranges for data cells in each lookup sheet. For this example, we defined the following ranges:

  • East_Sales - A2:B6 on the East sheet
  • North_Sales - A2:B6 on the North sheet
  • South_Sales - A2:B6 on the South sheet
  • West_Sales - A2:B6 on the West sheet

VLOOKUP and nested IFs

If you have a reasonable number of sheets to look up, you can use nested IF functions to select the sheet based on the keywords in the predefined cells (cells B1 through D1 in our case).

With the lookup value in A2, the formula is follows:

=VLOOKUP($A2, IF(B$1="east", East_Sales, IF(B$1="north", North_Sales, IF(B$1="south", South_Sales, IF(B$1="west", West_Sales)))), 2, FALSE)

Translated into English, the IF part reads:

If B1 is East, look in the range named East_Sales; if B1 is North, look in the range named North_Sales; if B1 is South, look in the range named South_Sales; and if B1 is West, look in the range named West_Sales.

The range returned by IF goes to table_array of VLOOKUP, which pulls a matching value from the 2nd column on the corresponding sheet.

The clever use of mixed references for the lookup value ($A2 - absolute column and relative row) and the logical test of IF (B$1 - relative column and absolute row) allows copying the formula to other cells without any changes - Excel adjusts the references automatically based on the relative position of a row and column.

So, we enter the formula in B2, copy it right and down to as many columns and rows as needed, and get the following result: Dynamic VLOOKUP with nested IFs


When working with many sheets, multiple nested levels could make the formula too lengthy and difficult to read. A far better way is to create a dynamic vlookup range with the help of INDIRECT:

=VLOOKUP($A2, INDIRECT(B$1&"_Sales"), 2, FALSE)

Here, we concatenate the reference to the cell that contains a unique part of the named range (B1) and the common part (_Sales). This produces a text string like "East_Sales", which INDIRECT converts to the range name understandable by Excel.

As the result, you get a compact formula that works beautifully on any number of sheets: INDIRECT VLOOKUP formula to look up dynamically in multiple sheets

That's how to Vlookup between sheets and files in Excel. I thank you for reading and hope to see you on our blog next week!

Practice workbook for download

Vlookup multiple sheets examples (.xlsx file)


  1. Hi! I m in great difficulty. I am using Excel 2016 and want to fill information in Book1 Sheet1, ColumnB2 with reference to the value in Book1, sheet1, column A2(lookup_value), the information is to be fetched / vlookedup from Book2, (sheet1/sheet2/sheet3/..../sheet11) {any one of them}, columnB2. hope you understand. waiting for reply.

  2. Hello

    I hope you can help me.

    In sheet A, column L, I have a Narrative from timesheets e.g. CRM Is 964016 - Project x - TS14nnnnn

    In sheet B, column A, I have a list of the CRM IDs that relate to that project ID

    I want Excel to look up sheet B, column A to see if sheet A column L has the same number in amongst the text and put either the number or n/a in sheet A, column S.

    Can this be done?

    • Hello! If I understand you correctly, you want to determine the partial match between the text in column A and the text in column L. Based on the information given, the formula could be as follows:

      =INDEX(B!$A$1:$A$10,MATCH(TRUE,ISNUMBER(SEARCH(" "&B!$A$1:$A$10&" ",A!L1)),0))

      For more information, please read: How to find substring in Excel
      Use INDEX MATCH to get the value that matches the partial match found.

      • Alexander, thank you so much, I've been working on this for weeks. I just had to tweek the actual names of the tabs and voila!

  3. Hi,

    Thank you for your helpful lessons. I tried your formula to look up in multiple sheets name sheet1, sheet2, sheet3
    LOOKUP(lookup_value, INDIRECT("'"&INDEX(Lookup_sheets, MATCH(1, --(COUNTIF(INDIRECT("'" & Lookup_sheets & "'!lookup_range"), lookup_value)>0), 0)) & "'!table_array"), col_index_num, FALSE)

    my lookup sheet range:
    but it only gets the result from sheet1 only, if I change my lookup sheet range to:
    the result of sheet3 will be shown
    I don't know what's wrong...
    Can you please help?
    Thanks a lot

  4. Hi,

    I have 2 sheets within a single workbook. My first sheet has students' ID numbers, students' test scores, teachers, etc. My second sheet has students' ID numbers, students' teachers and the class periods that students have the teachers. I am trying to pull the class periods from sheet 2 and return it to sheet one (where student test scores are located) using the students' ID numbers that are in both. The formula that I am using is =VLOOKUP(B2,'Class Rosters'!A:E,3,false). I am getting #N/A error message. What am I doing wrong?

  5. Hi Guys. I need some help please.

    I used your formula in my excel file: =IFNA(VLOOKUP($A2, INDIRECT("'"&INDEX(Lookup_sheets, MATCH(1, --(COUNTIF(INDIRECT("'" & Lookup_sheets & "'!$A$2:$A$6"), $A2)>0), 0)) & "'!$A$2:$C$6"), 3, FALSE), "Not found") and worked brilliantly, until it didn't :)).

    I have an Excel file with multiple tabs in which I am trying to keep track of my timesheets per project/per week. First is the summary and the rest are week 1 (W01) till week 52 (W52) .

    Every week sheet has a column with project code, another column with the project name and then weekdays column indicating the hrs worked on the specific project that week. Some weeks have on project, some weeks have multiple projects. There are projects that spread over multiple weeks as well as one week only.

    While I am trying to build up a summary tab with all the info in one place, I found your formula, pasted above, and used it in my summary tab and seems to work only for the first 6 returned matched values and after it doesn't return the match-up value.

    I try to recreate bellow the layout of my summary tab and use some generic term for the sake of simplicity.

    Nr.Crt. Project Code Project Name
    1 20021 Project x
    2 20022 Project a
    3 20033 Project y
    4 20011 Project z
    5 11000 Project c
    6 212121 Project v
    7 32321 empty or "not found"
    8 445667 empty or "not found"

    Can you please advise why this happens?!.

    Thanks a lot in advance.


    • So basically I want to fill in the Project Name column with the corresponding names to the project code found throughout the week sheet tabs and compiled in the Project Code column.

    • Hi! If you look at it carefully, the formula works for the first six rows because it uses the range $A$2:$A$6. Use the range you need.

      • Thanks a lot Alexander. It was indeed the range. Having it adjusted, it works fine

  6. Good afternoon everyone,

    I have a sheet that contains multiple columns of information (date, then name, course, lab #, lab completed? Yes/No, etc., that are selected from dropdown menus). The line information is manually entered each time a student checks out an item to complete their lab.

    If Yes is selected from the lab completed column, I would like the date associated with that name, course, lab # to be auto-populated into the correct course sheet tab and associated lab (there are nine different course sheet tabs and anywhere from 10 - 15 different lab # columns in each sheet).

    I'm not sure where to start with this one. Any help is appreciated.


    • Good evening Alexander,

      I've tried a variety of formulas, and I can use the following formula to pull a date from my CheckOut sheet, and into my Lab sheet:


      CheckOut!B:B refers to column B, dates in the CheckOut sheet, and CheckOut!$A:$A refers to column A, student names in the CheckOut sheet. $A3 refers to column A, student names in the Lab sheet.

      However, I need to expand the formula to verify that a specific Lab #, column D in the CheckOut sheet, is selected as "YES" from column E in the CheckOut sheet before pulling the date from the CheckOut sheet into the specific Lab # column in the Lab sheet.

      Still trying to solve this fun puzzle :)


  7. This is driving me nuts, so hopefully you can help. I have a spreadsheet with seven worksheets. The first sheet has my data to lookup, the other six sheets have data about some of the values I need to lookup. What I want to do is look for the data in Sheet1 A2 and return the sheet name it finds the lookup value in first. In other words, if sheet1 A2 is "test", I want to look for test in the other sheets, and if the first place it finds test is in Sheet4, I need to return the name of that tab (Sheet4). I have a formula to return the name of the tab in column C of each sheet ( =RIGHT(CELL("filename",A2),LEN(CELL("filename",A2))-FIND("]",CELL("filename",A2),1)) ) which works great if I'm only looking for the name of one sheet. When I copy that formula to each sheet's column C, it gives me the name of the sheet the formula was last run on across all of the sheets, which I thought was kind of weird. I tried the "VLOOKUP across multiple sheets with IFERROR" formula to pull this sheet name from column C, which is how I discovered that it returns the name of the sheet the formula was last run on. Any idea how I can do this?

    • Hi! To return the name of the worksheet on which the value from cell A2 is found in column A, try this formula:

      =IFNA(INDEX(Lookup_sheets,MATCH(1,--(COUNTIF(INDIRECT("'"&Lookup_sheets&"'!$A$2:$A$20"),$A2)>0),0)),"Not found")

      Lookup_sheets - named range with the names of all worksheets

  8. Grade 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
    Step 1 $24,464 $27,508 $30,015 $33,693 $37,696 $42,022 $46,696 $51,713 $57,118 $62,898 $69,107 $82,830 $98,496 $116,393 $136,908
    Step 2 $25,285 $28,163 $31,016 $34,816 $38,953 $43,422 $48,252 $53,437 $59,021 $64,995 $71,410 $85,591 $101,779 $120,272 $141,472
    Step 3 $26,097 $29,074 $32,017 $35,939 $40,210 $44,822 $49,808 $55,162 $60,925 $67,092 $73,713 $88,352 $105,062 $124,152 $146,035
    Step 4 $26,908 $29,844 $33,017 $37,062 $41,467 $46,223 $51,365 $56,886 $62,828 $69,189 $76,016 $91,113 $108,345 $128,031 $150,598
    Step 5 $27,720 $30,180 $34,018 $38,185 $42,724 $47,623 $52,921 $58,610 $64,732 $71,286 $78,319 $93,875 $111,628 $131,911 $155,162
    Step 6 $28,195 $31,068 $35,019 $39,308 $43,981 $49,023 $54,478 $60,334 $66,636 $73,383 $80,623 $96,636 $114,911 $135,790 $159,725
    Step 7 $29,000 $31,956 $36,019 $40,431 $45,238 $50,424 $56,034 $62,058 $68,539 $75,480 $82,926 $99,397 $118,194 $139,670 $164,288

    Hello there, I am working on salary and I have been asked to look for the salary pay showing the grade and step. An employee earns yearly $60,950, I need to search, what is this employee grade and step. Please advise on how to vlookup or other command that is best for this task. Thank you.

    • Hi! If I understand correctly, you want to find the closest number to the employee's earns and determine which row and column it is in. Here is an example of the formulas:
      Row number -
      Column number -
      G3 - employee earns

  9. Good Morning
    I need help figuring out how to pull multiple instances of an activity from a range of cells on one tab and list all of those activities into a single cell on a second tab. We have a Work Plan with activities that we are required to complete during the year. We also have an Activities Tracker that we use to log our daily activities. I need to pull the information from the Activities Tracker and list it in a single cell on the Work Plan page. For example, the Work Plan requires us to complete Planning Meetings. On the Activities Tracker there may be 7 or 10 or more instances of Planning Meetings. How would I pull all of the Planning Meetings from the range of cells on the Activity Tracker Tab and list them into the single Planning Meeting cell on the Work Plan Tab? The formula I have tried will only list the first instance of the activities but will not pull subsequent instances of an activity into the Work Plan Tab.

    Thanks in advance!

  10. I want to extract two columns from first sheet to 2nd sheet.
    Data range is D4:I50

    Columns: Control # Party Name Start Date End Date Status Category
    Date: Active Commercial

    Required rows are on the basis of last two columns value "Active" and "Commercial".

    Please guide.

  11. Hi there Alexander,

    I am trying to use the following formula: =VLOOKUP($A2, INDIRECT("'"&INDEX(Lookup_sheets, MATCH(1, --(COUNTIF(INDIRECT("'"& Lookup_sheets&"'!$A$2:$A$6"), $A2)>0), 0)) &"'!$A$2:$C$6"), 2, FALSE) to get data from different sheets into 1 sheet.

    On my sheet where I am trying to aggregate all data, the different tabs are layed out below each other (so all tab names are in 1 column). When I try to copy the formula down, it gives the same number from only the very first tab and not a 'rolling' basis, as in, I don't receive the numbers from the other tabs. This means there is 1 small part missing in my formula where I don't get the other values from the different tabs in one column when dragging down below.

    Could you please help me with this?


    • Hello! This formula works for me, but I cannot test it with your data. Try using the example file referenced at the end of this article.

  12. Hello Alex,
    In an excel workbook , I have 45 worksheets/ tabs. The master data resides in the first sheet with all the item data while the other sheets represent each item category. The data structure is the same across the 44 sheets and is an extract of the data from the master sheet. I keep adding additional columns in the master sheet as and when I receive data from the source; I add these columns on each of the 44 sheets too. My question is how do I add these new columns together with the values across the 44 sheets in one go!! Item Code is the common reference value between the master sheet and the other 44 sheets.

  13. Hello,
    I have this data in one sheet. Need to Order: 10 30 20 (in one rows, cell number D40, E40, F40).
    I want to insert this data in another sheet called 'Product List' in 'Order' column (in columns, cell number E3, E4, E5).

    Can you please help me.

  14. I am trying to fetch data from each sheet of a different workbook (ABC.xlsx). Sheet names are changing as per Date. Example:
    Currently I am using formula:

    Please let me know how I can make the sheet name dynamic (vary as per date. As per above example).

  15. Sir,

    Can you give me syntax for searching an item through multiple sheets by using index match


    • I have all the names of the sheets written in one column of another sheet

        • Sir, thanks for the quick reply.

          my formula is


          here I want to search from A2 to A12 dynamically and find the sheet name where F13 matches

  16. Hi,

    I have created a spreadsheet for an event to record results.

    I have a names tab which collates rider and horse and concatenates it to create a unique combo. I then have an event tab which hyperlinks to individual tab for each event and records 1st, 2nd, 3rd placing which is then converted to points ie. 1st = 5 points, 2nd = 3 points in a second column. Ihave each results tab set up identical so it is consistent across the board.

    I now need to set up a summary sheet to calculate all points per rider and horse combination. I have used a vlookup to this effect - =vlookup(a2,tab1 a:f, 6,false)+vlookup(a2,tab2 a:f,6,false)+……

    The first vlookup works, but as soon as I add the second (or more) it fails. Because I may have only calculated points in the first event and not the second. So I get an #refs error.

    Is this the best way to total the points? Or is there a better formula?

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  17. Sir I have 2 work sheets i.e 1 updated demand of 1500 assessments yearwise in commons.2 with the help of v lookup formula i created a receipt indicating year wise payments referring assessment as the problem is if an assessed is not interested to pay entire due amount how ican stop the cell values for which assessed is not paying for. Secondly how I can make up dated demand zero or make demand zero for the years for which assessed paid for.

  18. I'm trying to make a testing workbook where in Im trying to auto populate my summary of failed cases with data from 4 different sheets. I want to get entire rows where the test cases failed including, date, account number, employee number, and a validation based (Passed, Failed).

  19. I'm trying to get a summary table with the count of the data of multiple sheets : ASIA , UK, USA are different excel files and the Total count is another Excel file:


    | ASIA | UK | USA |
    Total count | 2789 | 387 |3789 |

    Any help

  20. Hi, I am having two sheets in 1 sheet I have multiple dates entry with repeated same date as well and I want this multiple dates entry as a single date in another sheet same as pivot table works.

  21. I am using Excel Sheets with Dates and I want to use vlookup() with dates formulas like this VLOOKUP(C7,'02-Jan-23'!$C:$H,6,0)+VLOOKUP(C7,'02-Jan-23'!$C:$K,9,0)-VLOOKUP(C7,'02-Jan-23'!$C:$I,7,0) in next dates sheets to get last dates' closing amounts in new sheets opening and I want to have these sheets names to be changed automatically. Like VLOOKUP(C7,'02-Jan-23-1'!$C:$H,6,0)+VLOOKUP(C7,'02-Jan-23-1'!$C:$K,9,0)-VLOOKUP(C7,'02-Jan-23-1'!$C:$I,7,0).

    Please help me in this situation that how can I get it as in this way I am getting an error.

  22. Hi sir,

    Im working with two table. 1st table contains name, date enter, and date exit. The other table contains date, name, status1, status2.

    My problem is for one person she has multiple of (date enter and date exit) which is from table 2 i need to find between the two dates the text that contains from status 1 and display the corresponding value which is from status 2.

    • Hi!
      Sorry, I do not fully understand the task. What result do you want to get? Give an example of the source data and the expected result.
      I'd recommend you to have a look at our Vlookup Wizard. This tool is part of Ablebits Ultimate Suite that includes 70+ professional tools and 300+ solutions. You can install it in a trial mode and check how it works for free.

  23. Hi i would like to use vlookup across multiple worksheets to search for value X. All values will be unique and i would like to know if its possible for the vlookup formula to RETURN the sheet name and the location it obtained it from. Eg ( Sheet3!H14) if the data was obtained from that particular cell.

    • Hi!
      Without seeing your data, it's impossible to give you a formula.
      Use the combination OFFSET and MATCH to find the cell with the desired value. See an example here: OFFSET and VLOOKUP.
      Then apply the CELL function to this cell with the "filename" argument to get the full address of the cell with the file and worksheet names.
      I hope it’ll be helpful.

  24. Hello- I am trying to find if one cell is present on multiple different tabs, each containing a different tab title. Can I conduct a vlookup where I receive an output in a cell with results separated by comma indicating that the tab(s) that cell is found on? Ex: Fruit Apple on maser list, but Apple appears on Tab 1, Tab 3, but not Tab 2. Can I receive an output in a cell on the Master list that says Tab 1, Tab 3?

    Thank you.

  25. How to vlook up for multiple columns and 2 tables. I have to match 3 column values of table 1 with 3 different column values in table 2 and display the column 5 value of table 2 in table 1

  26. Hi all,

    It is my very first time sharing a mind pickle I have with Excel, so please bare with me.

    First of all I would like to thank for the great tutorial that is displayed! Very helpful!

    So here is my pickle, so to speak:

    Initially I have 20+ sheets containing different prices and different products, all of the data is structured the same on every sheet, e.g column A contains date, B - product name, C - price.
    In my main sheet I have a table which I want to be able to have a drop down dependent list, which I have created.
    E.g: If you select supplier X, you get the products that he is selling in the next cell.

    Here is the tricky part (I used nested IFs, but as you may know the formula became almost the lenght from here to the moon):
    When I select supplier X and it shoes the product, I want in another cell to have the price of the chosen product, based on the selected supplier.
    Now i got arround this by using nested IFs with VLOOKUP, but the formula is too long and if I need to add a new sheet, I have to rewrite formula and namings and its a bit frustrating.
    I tried using the INDIRECT, but some how I get a REF...

    In biref I want to be able to select from a drop down a supplier on column A, on column B to be able to select the chosen suppliers's products, and on column C to have automatically filled the selected product price.

    Do you have any advise on this?

    Please let me know if you need any more info.

    Thank you!

    • Dear Romanov (AsSalaam-u-Alaiykum - Peace be upon you)

      You can use two or more drop down lists dependent on each other. I have used it somewhere but I forgot it now. But you can google it as I had done it through the same trick.

  27. Thanks for this helpful article - I used the method with the below formula across multiple worksheets:

    =VLOOKUP(X2, INDIRECT("'"&INDEX(Lookup_Sheets, MATCH(1, --(COUNTIF(INDIRECT("'" & Lookup_Sheets & "'!R$4:R$27"), X2)>0), 0)) & "'!R$4:AJ$27"), 16, FALSE)

    The problem i am having is that where X2 (which is a comment/string of text) is long, the formula returns the error "VALUE"
    When i reduce the characters in X2, it returns the correct lookup entry.
    I have also tried changing to TRUE and also tried adding X2&"*" but none of these work either.

    For further context, X2 is a sheet of data pull from a software system, each row is allocated to a specific team (separate sheets) where X2 is replicated in R4:R27. On each team sheet, a name is filled out in a colum to the right of this data. I need those people's names to "match" and populate on the original data pull sheet for summary. Not sure if the error lies within the original data sheet or the separate sheets they are being duplicated on.

    Is there any way around this please?

  28. Hi,

    Thank you for providing these helpful tips.

    I would like to know if there is a way to lookup a maximum value across multiple sheets? We have data updated every month and trying to set up a consolidated spreadsheet pulling information from monthly updated spreadsheets. Is it possible. Very much appreciated if you could please share your ideas.


    • Hello!
      To work with updatable data across multiple sheets, I recommend using a Pivot Table. You can set up a pivot table field to get the maximum value.
      I hope I answered your question. If something is still unclear, please feel free to ask.

  29. Hi, how can I vlook up in 12 sheets it always says entered top many arguments

  30. HI

    Under your title Vlookup multiple sheets with INDIRECT

    you havent defined what is "Sheet_list"

    Kind Regards

    • Hi Maurice,

      My bad. Actually, there is no "Sheet_list" in the formula. It's just another name for the Lookup_sheets named range. Initially, I named it "Sheet_list", then changed the name to "Lookup_sheets", but failed to replace one instance in the generic formula. Sorry for that.

      Anyway, the formula is fixed now. Thank you for pointing our that mistake!

  31. Hi Milosz

    Have two spreadsheets with multiple rows. Each row has a unique ID, pay component code and amount. I am try to do a v-lookup between the spreads to check the the amounts against each pay component match.

    Please can you tell if any of the above would work in this scenario or do I need todo something completely different?


  32. Hi,. Thanks for this very good article on Vlookup function. Sir, my problem is that there are four sheets: East, West, north and south having table array: A1:D10, D5:G14, B3:E12 and C4:F13 respectively with four columns of Student I'd, student name, age and father name how we can extract data of student name,age and father name against students I'd at result sheet dynamically with indirect and match function.

    • Hello!
      Have you tried the ways described in this blog post? If they don’t work for you, then please describe your task in detail, I’ll try to suggest a solution.

  33. Hi,
    I am trying to use the formula under 'Lookup multiple sheets between workbooks'
    The spreadsheet I am using will be opened by multiple colleagues across the business but the workbook it is linking to will not be open. Therefore using the COUNTIF function is returning #N/A:

    =(VLOOKUP($AH8, INDIRECT("'[Book1.xlsx]"&INDEX(Sheet_list, MATCH(1, --(COUNTIF(INDIRECT("'[Book1.xlsx]"&Sheet_list&"'!$B$17:$B$32"), $AH8)>0), 0))&"'!$B$17:$K$32"), 4, FALSE))

    Is there a way to fix this so that it works when Book1 is not open?


  34. Hi,

    i need to be able to use VLOOKUP on my current worksheet (sheet1), but compare values in sheet2 to sheet1. I currently use VLOOKUP('SHEET2'!A1, 'SHEET1'!$A$1;$A$100,1,0) but i am getting incorrect values possibly due to 1,0 (index and range). How do i fix the formula?

    I need to stay in sheet1 and cannot use vlookup in sheet2.

    Thank You

    • Hello!
      The information you provided is not enough to understand your case and give you any advice.
      Explain what values you are getting and what you would like to get.

  35. Hi, great tutorial on Vlookup. First time user of Vlookup. My first formula worked fine; =VLOOKUP(D4,CREWS2!A1:E55,2). The second formula; =VLOOKUP(C8,CREWS2!$A$1:$E$55,1)is producing an odd result. Both formulas use the same data table;
    A B C D
    GRF Groundperson 6 Months - ST $60.72 ST
    GRG Groundperson 6 Months - PT $88.05 PT
    JTA Journeyman Tree Trimmer - ST $95.68 ST
    JTB Journeyman Tree Trimmer - PT $138.74 PT
    the first formula finds column A when the name in column B is entered. my second formula is to find column B when the name in column A is entered. When i run second formula I am getting GRG when i enter Journeyman Tree Trimmer - ST, instead of JTA.
    Does the direction column B to column A matter? Does the name structure matter; Journeyman Tree Trimmer - ST?
    Thank you for any assistance

    • Hello!
      The VLOOKUP function always searches in the leftmost column of the table and returns a value from a column to the right. To get the value to the left of the lookup column, use the INDEX + MATCH combination.
      I hope I answered your question. If something is still unclear, please feel free to ask.

  36. Trying to make the vlookup indirect function work for my data and can't quite get my head around it.

    What I have based on your examples above is:

    =IFNA(VLOOKUP($B2, INDIRECT("'"&INDEX(Lookup_sheets, MATCH(1, --(COUNTIF(INDIRECT("'" & Lookup_sheets & "'!$C$2:$C$20"), $B2)>0), 0)) & "'!$A$2:$R$20"), 18, FALSE), "Not found")

    B2 = lookup value
    C2:C20 across the multiple sheets is range the lookup value will be in
    A2:R20 is my table/data
    Column 18 or R is where i want to return the value from that matches the C2 result.

    The only thing being returned no matter what i enter in B2 is "Not found""/NA. Any help is much appreciated.

    • I'm trying to search for a customer number (B2) that returns text/notes from column R/18 across multiple worksheets and the text is not the same across each occurrence. Is this possible?

    • Hello!
      I cannot verify your formula as I do not have your data. Use the instructions carefully. Check the named range Lookup_sheets. In it, you need to write down the names of the worksheets.

  37. Multiple sheets linked to one sheet, sample if i have 4 sheets of my inventories and i want to monitor all damages in fifth sheets.

  38. Como fazer para encontrar o último valor pago da plan 01 e trazer para plan 02
    =VLOOKUP(A2, Sheet3!E:I, 5, FALSE)

  39. Fiz uma formula com Vlookup para buscar o ultimo valor pago de determinado item da planilha 01 para a planilha 02. (=VLOOKUP(A2, Sheet3!E:I, 5, FALSE), porém o retorno que aparece é só do primeiro valor pago.
    Como fazer para aparecer o último valor pago?

  40. Hi

    I need to use VLOOKUP function for searching a value in 250 sheets of a different workbook. What formula better to use?

    Thank you

  41. Hi, I have been working on a formula for days and I need help. Sheet 1 Cell E2, I need a return value from based on what is in Sheet 2 Cell I2

    IN E2, I would like the value "SWM00009" if Sheet 3 cell I2 equals one of 2063, 2076, 2088, 2098, 2109, 2118, 2121, 2125, 2127, 2132, 2135, 2148, 2152

    "SWM00002" if Sheet 3 cell I2 equals one of 2010, 2039, 2053, 2150, 2154, 2591, 2629

    "SWM00004" if Sheet 3 Cell I2 equals one of 2668, 2687, 2840, 2878, 2903, 2989, 3001,3002

    I need multiple conditions and return values. HELP! Thanks in advance.

    • Hello!
      Use nested IF statements:

      =IF(SUM(--(I2={2063,2076,2088,2098,2109,2118,2121,2125,2127,2132,2135,2148,2152}))>0,"SWM00009",IF(SUM(--(I2={2010,2039,2053,2150,2154,2591,2629}))>0,"SWM00002", IF(SUM(--(I2={2668,2687,2840,2878,2903,2989,3001,3002}))>0,"SWM00004","")))

      This should solve your task.

  42. Hi there,

    I desperately need help with a formula. This site is excellent I just can't make the formula work for my situation, I'm due to go on maternity leave in a few weeks and need to sort out the following formula for my replacement.

    In worksheet 1 - I have employee numbers which I am able to use VLOOKUP to match to ascertain if the employee is listed in worksheet 2 long term sick tracker.

    FORMULA USED=IF(VLOOKUP(C3,'3.Long term sick Tracker'!$A$1:$A$10044,1,FALSE)=0,"No","Yes")

    The problem is I need to enter a new criteria to detect in worksheet 2 long term sick tracker- if the employee is active - column M.

    Can anyone help me. I've never asked for excel help before, but desperately need it.



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