It’s time for another Excel challenge!
This time, we’ll need to put our lookup skills to the test - specifically XLOOKUP. Here’s what to do:
- First, watch the challenge video and read the instructions below the video.
- Review the previously published video(s) and article(s) suggested.
- Download the Excel worksheet you will use to complete the challenge tasks.
- Put yourself to the test!
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Here’s the scenario to be solved from the download file:
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The bookstore on the corner has their book database entered in an Excel workbook table. The store owner wants to be able to query a Book ID and extract that entire row from the database.
She also wants to minimize input errors by having employees select the Book ID from a dropdown list in cell A2. She knows how to create dropdown lists, but is having trouble setting up one which expands or contracts dynamically as books are added and removed from the database.
Once you’ve helped her with that, write a formula in row 5 that uses the selected Book ID to pull the correct row from the Database.
There’s more than one way to approach this, but what’s the most efficient XLOOKUP solution to this problem? If you don’t have Microsoft 365, no worries. Use Office Online and you’ll have access to the XLOOKUP function.
Need a refresher? Check out these videos, then you’re ready to tackle this task.
And for you Excel whizzes out there - tell us what alternative worksheet functions can be used to complete this challenge.
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