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#### Mad Scientist Jr

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.