vlookup not working with defined name

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Mad Scientist Jr

I have a defined name MyName which refers to the first 25 rows of
columns A & B on Sheet2.

I am trying to write a macro in a cell on Sheet1 that looks at a cell
a few columns over and displays the associated value in "MyName".
Here's what is in the cell:

=VLOOKUP(G6, names("MyName").RefersToRange, 2, FALSE)

However I get a "that function is not valid" error and the keyword
"names" gets highlighted.

According to help, the second parameter vlookup receives (table_array)
is a named range:

Table_array Two or more columns of data. Use a reference to a
range or a range name.

Just to make sure I was giving it a valid range, I tried the following
from the immediate window, which works:

?Workbooks(1).Names("MyName").RefersToRange.Rows.Count
25

Can someone explain how to get vlookup to work?

Any help appreciated...


here is microsoft's help on the subject:

VLOOKUP
Searches for a value in the first column of a table array and returns
a value in the same row from another column in the table array.

The V in VLOOKUP stands for vertical. Use VLOOKUP instead of HLOOKUP
when your comparison values are located in a column to the left of the
data that you want to find.

Syntax
VLOOKUP(lookup_value,table_array,col_index_num,range_lookup)

Lookup_value The value to search in the first column of the table
array (array: Used to build single formulas that produce multiple
results or that operate on a group of arguments that are arranged in
rows and columns. An array range shares a common formula; an array
constant is a group of constants used as an argument.). Lookup_value
can be a value or a reference. If lookup_value is smaller than the
smallest value in the first column of table_array, VLOOKUP returns the
#N/A error value.

Table_array Two or more columns of data. Use a reference to a range
or a range name. The values in the first column of table_array are the
values searched by lookup_value. These values can be text, numbers, or
logical values. Uppercase and lowercase text are equivalent.

Col_index_num The column number in table_array from which the
matching value must be returned. A col_index_num of 1 returns the
value in the first column in table_array; a col_index_num of 2 returns
the value in the second column in table_array, and so on. If
col_index_num is:

Less than 1, VLOOKUP returns the #VALUE! error value.
Greater than the number of columns in table_array, VLOOKUP returns the
#REF! error value.
Range_lookup A logical value that specifies whether you want VLOOKUP
to find an exact match or an approximate match:

If TRUE or omitted, an exact or approximate match is returned. If an
exact match is not found, the next largest value that is less than
lookup_value is returned.
The values in the first column of table_array must be placed in
ascending sort order; otherwise, VLOOKUP may not give the correct
value. You can put the values in ascending order by choosing the Sort
command from the Data menu and selecting Ascending. For more
information, see Default sort orders.

If FALSE, VLOOKUP will only find an exact match. In this case, the
values in the first column of table_array do not need to be sorted. If
there are two or more values in the first column of table_array that
match the lookup_value, the first value found is used. If an exact
match is not found, the error value #N/A is returned.
Remarks
When searching text values in the first column of table_array, ensure
that the data in the first column of table_array does not have leading
spaces, trailing spaces, inconsistent use of straight ( ' or " ) and
curly ( ' or ") quotation marks, or nonprinting characters. In these
cases, VLOOKUP may give an incorrect or unexpected value. For more
information on functions that you can use to clean text data, see Text
and Data functions.
When searching number or date values, ensure that the data in the
first column of table_array is not stored as text values. In this
case, VLOOKUP may give an incorrect or unexpected value. For more
information, see Convert numbers stored as text to numbers.
If range_lookup is FALSE and lookup_value is text, then you can use
the wildcard characters, question mark (?) and asterisk (*), in
lookup_value. A question mark matches any single character; an
asterisk matches any sequence of characters. If you want to find an
actual question mark or asterisk, type a tilde (~) preceding the
character.
 
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L. Howard Kittle

Try =Vlookup(G6,MyName,2,0)

HTH
Regards,
Howard

Mad Scientist Jr said:
I have a defined name MyName which refers to the first 25 rows of
columns A & B on Sheet2.

I am trying to write a macro in a cell on Sheet1 that looks at a cell
a few columns over and displays the associated value in "MyName".
Here's what is in the cell:

=VLOOKUP(G6, names("MyName").RefersToRange, 2, FALSE)

However I get a "that function is not valid" error and the keyword
"names" gets highlighted.

According to help, the second parameter vlookup receives (table_array)
is a named range:

Table_array Two or more columns of data. Use a reference to a
range or a range name.

Just to make sure I was giving it a valid range, I tried the following
from the immediate window, which works:

?Workbooks(1).Names("MyName").RefersToRange.Rows.Count
25

Can someone explain how to get vlookup to work?

Any help appreciated...


here is microsoft's help on the subject:

VLOOKUP
Searches for a value in the first column of a table array and returns
a value in the same row from another column in the table array.

The V in VLOOKUP stands for vertical. Use VLOOKUP instead of HLOOKUP
when your comparison values are located in a column to the left of the
data that you want to find.

Syntax
VLOOKUP(lookup_value,table_array,col_index_num,range_lookup)

Lookup_value The value to search in the first column of the table
array (array: Used to build single formulas that produce multiple
results or that operate on a group of arguments that are arranged in
rows and columns. An array range shares a common formula; an array
constant is a group of constants used as an argument.). Lookup_value
can be a value or a reference. If lookup_value is smaller than the
smallest value in the first column of table_array, VLOOKUP returns the
#N/A error value.

Table_array Two or more columns of data. Use a reference to a range
or a range name. The values in the first column of table_array are the
values searched by lookup_value. These values can be text, numbers, or
logical values. Uppercase and lowercase text are equivalent.

Col_index_num The column number in table_array from which the
matching value must be returned. A col_index_num of 1 returns the
value in the first column in table_array; a col_index_num of 2 returns
the value in the second column in table_array, and so on. If
col_index_num is:

Less than 1, VLOOKUP returns the #VALUE! error value.
Greater than the number of columns in table_array, VLOOKUP returns the
#REF! error value.
Range_lookup A logical value that specifies whether you want VLOOKUP
to find an exact match or an approximate match:

If TRUE or omitted, an exact or approximate match is returned. If an
exact match is not found, the next largest value that is less than
lookup_value is returned.
The values in the first column of table_array must be placed in
ascending sort order; otherwise, VLOOKUP may not give the correct
value. You can put the values in ascending order by choosing the Sort
command from the Data menu and selecting Ascending. For more
information, see Default sort orders.

If FALSE, VLOOKUP will only find an exact match. In this case, the
values in the first column of table_array do not need to be sorted. If
there are two or more values in the first column of table_array that
match the lookup_value, the first value found is used. If an exact
match is not found, the error value #N/A is returned.
Remarks
When searching text values in the first column of table_array, ensure
that the data in the first column of table_array does not have leading
spaces, trailing spaces, inconsistent use of straight ( ' or " ) and
curly ( ' or ") quotation marks, or nonprinting characters. In these
cases, VLOOKUP may give an incorrect or unexpected value. For more
information on functions that you can use to clean text data, see Text
and Data functions.
When searching number or date values, ensure that the data in the
first column of table_array is not stored as text values. In this
case, VLOOKUP may give an incorrect or unexpected value. For more
information, see Convert numbers stored as text to numbers.
If range_lookup is FALSE and lookup_value is text, then you can use
the wildcard characters, question mark (?) and asterisk (*), in
lookup_value. A question mark matches any single character; an
asterisk matches any sequence of characters. If you want to find an
actual question mark or asterisk, type a tilde (~) preceding the
character.
 
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Guest

if this is in a macro try
=worksheetfunction.VLOOKUP(G6, names("MyName").RefersToRange, 2, FALSE)
 

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