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Consider Naming the Lookup Table
Problem: My lookup table is on another worksheet. The VLOOKUP is really confusing =VLOOKUP(A2,’Lookup Table Sheet’!$A$2:$B$30,2,FALSE).
Strategy: Many people in my live seminars say that they use a range name to name the lookup table. Go to your Lookup Table Worksheet. Select cells A2:B30. Click in the Name Box to the left of the formula bar. Type a simple name like ProdTable and press Enter.
Future VLOOKUPs can be entered as: =VLOOKUP(A2,ProdTable,2,FALSE). This is simpler to enter.