Prompt Title: function in Excel where I write a name in a cell and retrieve its value for me

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Human: build me a function in Excel where I write a name in a cell and retrieve its value for me?

Sure! You can use the VLOOKUP function in Excel to retrieve a value associated with a specific name. Here's an example of how to do it:

  1. First, create a table with two columns: one for the names and one for the corresponding values. For example:
A B 1 Name Value 2 John 100 3 Jane 200 4 Bob 150
  1. Next, in a separate cell, enter the name you want to search for. For example, if you want to retrieve the value for "Jane," enter "Jane" in cell C1.

  2. In another cell, use the VLOOKUP function to retrieve the corresponding value. The syntax for the VLOOKUP function is:

VLOOKUP(lookup_value, table_array, col_index_num, [range_lookup])
  • lookup_value: The value you want to search for (in this case, the name in cell C1).
  • table_array: The range of cells that contains the table with the names and values (in this case, A1:B4).
  • col_index_num: The column number of the value you want to retrieve (in this case, 2 for the "Value" column).
  • range_lookup: Whether you want an exact match or an approximate match. For this example, enter "FALSE" for an exact match.

So, to retrieve the value for "Jane," enter the following formula in cell D1:


This should return "200" in cell D1, which is the value associated with the name "Jane" in the table.

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