9. Working with Lookup Functions

Getting the meaning of a word in the dictionary is always a two-step process: First you look up the word itself, and then you read its definition. Same with an encyclopedia: First look up the concept, and then you read the article.

This idea of looking something up to retrieve some related information is at the heart of many spreadsheet operations. For example, you saw in Chapter 4, “Creating Advanced Formulas,” that you can add option buttons and list boxes to a worksheet. Unfortunately, these controls return only the number of the item the user has chosen. To find out the actual value of the ...

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