Hi Excellers today let’s flex our formula muscles and tackle a VLOOKUP question, how to carry out a VLOOKUP over multiple worksheets in the same workbook.

Suppose I have three worksheets with data sets in all of them, each corresponding to a months worth of invoice data. I want to lookup a range of invoice numbers and return the value for each of them, and they could be in any of three invoice data worksheets in my Excel workbook.

Let’s do a quick recap of the VLOOKUP Syntax

**The Syntax Of VLOOKUP Formula.**

**VLOOKUP( value, table, index_number, [approximate_match] )**

Where

**value** – this is the value to search for in the first column of the table

**table** – this is your data set usually at least 2x columns of data

**index_number – **this is the columns number in the above Table from which the matching value is to be returned. Note the first column in the Table is 1.

**approximate_match** – this is optional. Enter FALSE to find an exact match. Enter TRUE to find an approximate match. If this argument is omitted, TRUE is the default

### Putting The VLOOKUPS Formulas Together.

So in our example…………

B3 is the **value** we want to search for in our data sets

Month1, Month2 and Month3 are the sheet names with references $E$3:$F$15 that are the ranges or **tables** we want to search

2 is the column number** (index) **that the matched value returns

**=IFERROR(VLOOKUP(B3,Month1!$E$3:$F$15,2,FALSE)**

** ,IFERROR(VLOOKUP(B3,Month2!$E$2:$F$15,2,FALSE)**

** ,IFERROR(VLOOKUP(B3,Month3!$E$2:$F$15,2,FALSE),0)))**

The formula is simply three VLOOKUP formulas, that are connected by the **IFERROR** formula. All we need to do is enter the **Invoice Number** into cell B3 and the VLOOKUPS will return the corresponding value if it finds the Invoice Number on any of the 3 worksheets in our formula.

It just needs to be tested. Does it work? Course it does!

### Over To You!

Have you a better solution for this? Would you use a VLOOKUP formula like this?.

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