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# V Look Up

Resolved · Medium Priority · Version 365

### V Look Up

When using V lookup on Excel, I am trying to match an inventory however when using V lookup it will not match all barcodes even though they are there to be matched. I think it is to do with the formatting of the cells are different but when changing them to the same formatting it will still not find them with V look up. Any help would be great please.

### RE: V Look Up

Hi Stephanie,

Thank you for the forum question.

Your problem is probably spaces or hidden characters.

Try to add the trim and clean function to your Vlookup.

=Vlookup(Trim(clean(A2)), Table array, Column number, range lookup)

I just added A2 to my example you need of course to use you cell reference.

Let me know if this do the job.

Kind regards

Jens Bonde
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### Generating Random Numbers

To generate a random number in Excel use the = RAND() function.

The value returned will always be between 0 and 1. To convert this to some other random value, you will need to multiply the result by the highest number you want to consider. For example, if you wanted a random number between 1 and 25, you could use the following code line:
= INT(25 * RAND()+ 1)

Since RAND() will always returns a value between 0 and 1 (but never 1 itself), multiplying what it returns by 25 and then using the Integer function INT on that result will return a whole number between 0 and 24.

Finally, 1 is added to this result, so that x will be equal to a number between 1 and 25, inclusive

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