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I was hoping maybe someone could share their knowledge with me on this:

I have two worksheets in one workbook.

Worksheet 1 has information such as:

Name Company Phone Email

(but not data in phone # column)

Worksheet 2 has information such as:

Company Phone

(has the phone # data)

I need to Find & partial-match the company name from worksheet1 in

worksheet2, then copy the phone number for that matching company name

to the correct correlating cell in worksheet 1.

So basically: look at company name in worksheet1 starting at row 2,

find partial match from column A in worksheet2, copy the data from the

cell of column B in worksheet2 (for that particular row) over to the

correlating cell in column C of worksheet1.

Then repeat that process for each row thereafter.

I have only limited experience with VB and it was like 10 years

ago...so any help is greatly appreciated.

You can solve your problem using the function VLOOKUP. It’s very easy to

use.

The difficult part here is the "partial" match.

What is the criteria for the "partial" match?

the worksheet function VLookup requires an EXACT match.

I'm a little cautious of the partial part.

I think it's definitely possible by creating a VBA Function

and using it instead of VLookup, but I want to make sure

that's what you want before working on it...

What's the data look like for each sheet?

Can you provide some examples?

Thank you for your help. An example of "partial match" might be:

In worksheet1, the company name might be listed as "Microsoft Corp" in

one row, then as "Microsoft Corporation" in another row, and perhaps

"Microsoft (Windows CE)" in another row...while the company name in

worksheet2, would simply be "Microsoft."

But in thinking about it further, maybe it would just be easier to

look for exact matches, and just have a longer list in worksheet2,

that would include all the variations of a particular company

name...even though it's redundant, but otherwise not adverse.??

Any suggestions/examples for a procedure using vLookup would be

greatly appreciated. I've seen some on MSDN of course, but your

thoughts are important & appreciated.

Forgot to mention, that worksheet1 changes/is updated frequently,

while worksheet2 is fairly static (company phone numbers don't change

often, list is typically only updated as new companies are added).

If it's fairly simple to have multiple entries and look for exact matches, then

that would probably be the way to go.

Simply because the possible complexity of the VBA is ... dubious...

What I mean is:

In your example, you mentioned "Microsoft (Windows CE)" in one worksheet,

then somehow with this as input, it would find "Microsoft" as a match...

about "Windows" or "CE"?

Do you look for ALL? in what order? what about 2 of the three?

What if the company list included "CE Windows and Doors".

THAT company would match two of the three words, would that then

constitute a better "match"??

Depending on the size of the listings involved, this could be an issue.

but then again...

The most straight-forward approach would be to create an "alias" column in the

company name sheet and duplicate the records with "aliases"...

then, use the function wizard to insert a vlookup function.

the "help" for this function looks like:

Syntax

VLOOKUP(lookup_value,table_array,col_index_num,range_lookup)

Lookup_value is the value to be found in the first column of the array.

Lookup_value can be a value, a reference, or a text string.

Table_array is the table of information in which data is looked up. Use a

reference to a range or a range name, such as Database or List.

* If range_lookup is TRUE, the values in the first column of table_array must

be placed in ascending order: ..., -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, ..., A-Z, FALSE, TRUE;

otherwise VLOOKUP may not give the correct value. If range_lookup is FALSE,

table_array does not need to be sorted.

* You can put the values in ascending order by choosing the Sort command from

the Data menu and selecting Ascending.

* The values in the first column of table_array can be text, numbers, or

logical values.

* Uppercase and lowercase text are equivalent.

Col_index_num is 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; if col_index_num is greater than the number of

columns in table_array, VLOOKUP returns the #REF! error value.

Range_lookup is a logical value that specifies whether you want VLOOKUP to

find an exact match or an approximate match. If TRUE or omitted, an approximate

match is returned. In other words, if an exact match is not found, the next

largest value that is less than lookup_value is returned. If FALSE, VLOOKUP will

find an exact match. If one is not found, the error value #N/A is returned.

if you'd like more help, send me some sample files directly and I'll take a

look.

I'll experiment with that, and share the results here.

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