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Old 04-13-2022, 12:43 PM
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Hi,

I have a nested IF VLOOKUP formula that has been set up to return the only cell that has a value in from a range of specified cells - the formula is as follows and has been working correctly:

=IFERROR( IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$X,11,FALSE)&""="", IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$X,14,FALSE)&""="", IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$X,15,FALSE)&""="", IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$X,16,FALSE)&""="", IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$X,17,FALSE)&""="", IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$X,18,FALSE)&""="", IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$X,19,FALSE)&""="", VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$X,20,FALSE), VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$X,19,FALSE)), VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$X,18,FALSE)), VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$X,17,FALSE)), VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$X,16,FALSE)), VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$X,15,FALSE)), VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$X,14,FALSE)), VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$X,11,FALSE)), "")

I need to extend this formula to consider 4 new cells in the calculation (columns 34,35,36 and 37) . Using the above logic, I created the following formula:

=IFERROR( IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,11,FALSE)&""="", IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,14,FALSE)&""="", IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,15,FALSE)&""="", IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,16,FALSE)&""="", IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,17,FALSE)&""="", IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,18,FALSE)&""="", IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,19,FALSE)&""="",
IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,20,FALSE)&""="",
IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,34,FALSE)&""="",
IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,35,FALSE)&""="",


IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,36,FALSE)&""="",VLOOK UP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,37,FALSE), VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,36,FALSE)), VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,35,FALSE)), VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,34,FALSE)),
VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,20,FALSE), VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,19,FALSE)), VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,18,FALSE)), VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,17,FALSE)), VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,16,FALSE)), VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,15,FALSE)), VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,14,FALSE)), VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,11,FALSE)), "")

However, when I've entered this I get a "you've entered too many arguments for this function" error message.

Ive been back through the syntax however cannot see where I have gone wrong.

Can anyone help? Happy to share a copy of the workbook
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Old 04-13-2022, 11:56 PM
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The first formula has 7 nested IF's, what is a max number of nesting allowed!

Workarounds:
a) Use 'subnesting', i.e. use an IF() to divide your single-column conditions into 2 or more groups of conditions, and then use nested IF's <like = IF(StartCondition, IF(... subnest 1 ...), IF(... subnest 2 ...))>;
b)Use formula instead like
Code:
(VLOOKUP(...)&""="")*(VLOOKUP(...)&""="")*...*VLOOKUP(...)
+
(VLOOKUP(...)&""="")*(VLOOKUP(...)&""="")*...*VLOOKUP(...)
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...
c) Use helper column in your table to calculate the number of return column of VLOOKUP. Your formula will be like
Code:
=VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$X,HelperColumnValue,FALSE)
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The first formula has 7 nested IF's, what is a max number of nesting allowed!

As a matter of fact modern versions of XL ( starting at 2007 I think) will accept 64 levels of nested IF
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Hi,

I have a nested IF VLOOKUP formula that has been ......

Hello
please post a sample sheet with some data and some manually calculated results and explain clearly what you are trying to do. The above formulas are a bit "messy"...
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As a matter of fact modern versions of XL ( starting at 2007 I think) will accept 64 levels of nested IF
After this was pointed out, I did find this information from MS Help (had to go to another page using a link, and reading through text there).

In past, there was the limit for number of nested IF's declared at end of MS Help for IF function. Not anymore! (Btw, I searched for this limit earlier, and couldn't find it then.)
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Old 04-14-2022, 03:07 AM
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If you've got the LET and FILTER functions available in your version of Excel you can try:
Code:
=IFERROR(LET(b,Form1!$A:$AK,a,INDEX(b,MATCH(A219,INDEX(b,0,1)),{11,14,15,16,17,18,19,20}),INDEX(FILTER(a,NOT(ISBLANK(a))),1)),"")
where the {11,14,15,16,17,18,19,20} is the column numbers of interest where you add the column numbers at will. If you're looking for the columns to be searched in a different order then change the order in the curly brackets.
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Old 04-14-2022, 04:11 AM
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it looks like you missed one close bracket:
Code:
=IFERROR(IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,11,FALSE)&""="",IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,14,FALSE)&""="",IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,15,FALSE)&""="",IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,16,FALSE)&""="",IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,17,FALSE)&""="",IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,18,FALSE)&""="",IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,19,FALSE)&""="",IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,20,FALSE)&""="",IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,34,FALSE)&""="",IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,35,FALSE)&""="",IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,36,FALSE)&""="",VLOOK UP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,37,FALSE),VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,36,FALSE)),VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,35,FALSE)),VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,34,FALSE)),VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,20,FALSE)),VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,19,FALSE)),VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,18,FALSE)),VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,17,FALSE)),VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,16,FALSE)),VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,15,FALSE)),VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,14,FALSE)),VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,11,FALSE)), "")
Why the:

Form1!$A:$AK,11,FALSE)&""="",IF(VLO
and not just:
Form1!$A:$AK,11,FALSE)="",IF(VLO


Code:
=IFERROR(IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,11,FALSE)="",IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,14,FALSE)="",IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,15,FALSE)="",IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,16,FALSE)="",IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,17,FALSE)="",IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,18,FALSE)="",IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,19,FALSE)="",IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,20,FALSE)="",IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,34,FALSE)="",IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,35,FALSE)="",IF(VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,36,FALSE)="",VLOOK UP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,37,FALSE),VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,36,FALSE)),VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,35,FALSE)),VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,34,FALSE)),VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,20,FALSE)),VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,19,FALSE)),VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,18,FALSE)),VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,17,FALSE)),VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,16,FALSE)),VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,15,FALSE)),VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,14,FALSE)),VLOOKUP(A219,Form1!$A:$AK,11,FALSE)), "")
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Please see attached sample workbook.

Form1 is where users forms requests are being recorded.Sheet 2 is where I want the formula to be applied (in Column H). I have put the desired result in the column.

I want to lookup the ID number in Column A of Sheet 2 against Form1 and return the client name from one of the 12 cells that could contain a client name (only one of these 12 cells will ever have a value in).

As I mentioned before, the formula was working fine before I tried to add the four new column/cell references (AH, AI, AJ and AK).

Hopefully this makes sense - happy to clarify further if needed!
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Yes,
Code:
=IFERROR(LET(b,Form1!$A:$AK,a,INDEX(b,MATCH(A2,INDEX(b,0,1)),{11,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,34,35,36,37}),INDEX(FILTER(a,NOT(ISBLANK(a))),1)),"")
works here.
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Thank you so much!
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Quote:
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The first formula has 7 nested IF's, what is a max number of nesting allowed!
Nested ifs are limited to 7 in the 32-bit version. Using the 64-bit version allows 64 levels of nesting.
64-bit is the preference for Excel and has recently become accepted. I have been 64-bit since, oh I forget when, 2010 I think.
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