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Association between words and numbers
I want to associate typed words and monetary values so that I don't have to
continually retype the price. Is there a table that I can set up that a template or document draws from?? An example would be that everytime I type: PSL 3.5 x 9.5 it would bring up $9.25 into a specific field for further computation. 
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Yes you could create a list (table) in some other sheet, then use a formula
like =INDEX(range containing prices, MATCH(range that contains the WORDS,the cell where you typed in PSL ...,0)) "wandering" wrote in message ... I want to associate typed words and monetary values so that I don't have to continually retype the price. Is there a table that I can set up that a template or document draws from?? An example would be that everytime I type: PSL 3.5 x 9.5 it would bring up $9.25 into a specific field for further computation. 
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Take a look at VLOOKUP. You create a table with all the matching values and
then use the VLOOKUP formula where you want the prices to appear.  Regards Ken....................... Microsoft MVP  Excel Sys Spec  Win XP Pro / XL 97/00/02/03  It's easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission :)  "wandering" wrote in message ... I want to associate typed words and monetary values so that I don't have to continually retype the price. Is there a table that I can set up that a template or document draws from?? An example would be that everytime I type: PSL 3.5 x 9.5 it would bring up $9.25 into a specific field for further computation. 
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I've been wondering about this problem also, and I've tried both suggestions
and get #VALUE! What am I missing? "Ken Wright" wrote: Take a look at VLOOKUP. You create a table with all the matching values and then use the VLOOKUP formula where you want the prices to appear.  Regards Ken....................... Microsoft MVP  Excel Sys Spec  Win XP Pro / XL 97/00/02/03  It's easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission :)  "wandering" wrote in message ... I want to associate typed words and monetary values so that I don't have to continually retype the price. Is there a table that I can set up that a template or document draws from?? An example would be that everytime I type: PSL 3.5 x 9.5 it would bring up $9.25 into a specific field for further computation. 
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No one can see what you're missing.. you might try posting the formula which
returns that message. "Abi" wrote in message ... I've been wondering about this problem also, and I've tried both suggestions and get #VALUE! What am I missing? "Ken Wright" wrote: Take a look at VLOOKUP. You create a table with all the matching values and then use the VLOOKUP formula where you want the prices to appear.  Regards Ken....................... Microsoft MVP  Excel Sys Spec  Win XP Pro / XL 97/00/02/03   It's easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission :)   "wandering" wrote in message ... I want to associate typed words and monetary values so that I don't have to continually retype the price. Is there a table that I can set up that a template or document draws from?? An example would be that everytime I type: PSL 3.5 x 9.5 it would bring up $9.25 into a specific field for further computation. 
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And combine the VLOOKUP with Data Validation dropdown list for easy entry of
the associated words so's you don't have to type PSL 3.5 x 9.5 See Debra Dalgelish's site for more on DV. http://www.contextures.on.ca/xlDataVal01.html Gord Dibben Excel MVP On Thu, 6 Jan 2005 21:04:06 0000, "Ken Wright" wrote: Take a look at VLOOKUP. You create a table with all the matching values and then use the VLOOKUP formula where you want the prices to appear.  Regards Ken....................... Microsoft MVP  Excel Sys Spec  Win XP Pro / XL 97/00/02/03  It's easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission :)  "wandering" wrote in message ... I want to associate typed words and monetary values so that I don't have to continually retype the price. Is there a table that I can set up that a template or document draws from?? An example would be that everytime I type: PSL 3.5 x 9.5 it would bring up $9.25 into a specific field for further computation. 
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Abi
Post a sample(not a file) of your data layout and the VLOOKUP formula used. Gord Dibben Excel MVP On Thu, 6 Jan 2005 13:49:03 0800, Abi wrote: I've been wondering about this problem also, and I've tried both suggestions and get #VALUE! What am I missing? "Ken Wright" wrote: Take a look at VLOOKUP. You create a table with all the matching values and then use the VLOOKUP formula where you want the prices to appear.  Regards Ken....................... Microsoft MVP  Excel Sys Spec  Win XP Pro / XL 97/00/02/03  It's easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission :)  "wandering" wrote in message ... I want to associate typed words and monetary values so that I don't have to continually retype the price. Is there a table that I can set up that a template or document draws from?? An example would be that everytime I type: PSL 3.5 x 9.5 it would bring up $9.25 into a specific field for further computation. 
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I think the Lookup functions are the right direction. Could take me a bit to
understand by working with it. I appreciate the quick response on my question by everyone. Cheers, Wonderer "Ken Wright" wrote: Take a look at VLOOKUP. You create a table with all the matching values and then use the VLOOKUP formula where you want the prices to appear.  Regards Ken....................... Microsoft MVP  Excel Sys Spec  Win XP Pro / XL 97/00/02/03  It's easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission :)  "wandering" wrote in message ... I want to associate typed words and monetary values so that I don't have to continually retype the price. Is there a table that I can set up that a template or document draws from?? An example would be that everytime I type: PSL 3.5 x 9.5 it would bring up $9.25 into a specific field for further computation. 
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It's easy to get lost in a formula if you don't really understand what the
formula is actually doing: The VLOOKUP function essentially takes a value that you specify, whether it be a hardcoded number/letter/text or a value within a cell reference, and then goes and looks it up in a table. It will look for that value in the leftmost column of the table, and either find it or the closest match, and will then return the corresponding value on the same row, in whatever column of that table that you tell it to: Example  With the following table D E 1 1 0.20 2 10 0.25 3 20 0.30 4 30 0.35 5 40 0.40 and with your value that you are looking up in say cell A1 (and let's assume it is 25 for example). You can put a formula in pretty much any other cell, that says, take the value in cell A1 (25), go and look for it in the lefthand column of the table (D15), and then when you have found it (or the lowest closest number to it), go to the second column (or whichever one you specify if there are more than 2) and give me the number that it is on the same row in that column. So, with the formula being =VLOOKUP(A1,D1:E5,2) it will first take the value in A1 which is 25, then go look for it in the leftmost column (D) of your specified table (D1:E5), and it will try to find that number. Now it isn't there, so what it will do is look for the next lower closest number, which in this case will be 20, and the 2 in the formula says to go and get the value in the 2nd column (E) in your table, that is on the same row as the 20. That value in this case is 0.3 If you put the value 30 or 31 or 32 etc into A1 now, you will see the result of the formula change, because now it will either find those numbers or the lower closest number (and in each case there it is 30), and will subsequently return 0.35 as the corresponding value. Just to show you how the 2 really works in that formula, if you added one more column to your table so that it looked like this: D E F 1 1 0.20 0.15 2 10 0.25 0.25 3 20 0.30 0.35 4 30 0.35 0.45 5 40 0.40 0.55 and you actually wanted the value from Col F, then you would simpl;y change the 2 in the formula to a 3 to signify the third column, eg: =VLOOKUP(A1,D1:E5,3) With the examples already given, 25 in A1 would return 0.35, and 30/31/32 would return 0.45 The one caveat to all of this (When getting the nearest number is OK) is that the data in your leftmost column must be sorted in ascending order. There are times when you would only want it to give you a value if you had an exact match on the number, and in this instance you would simply add a 4th argument of 0 or FALSE to the formula, eg: =VLOOKUP(A1,D1:E5,3,0) or =VLOOKUP(A1,D1:E5,3,FALSE) In these cases you do not need to have the data in your leftmost column sorted.  Regards Ken....................... Microsoft MVP  Excel Sys Spec  Win XP Pro / XL 97/00/02/03  It's easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission :)  "Wonderer" wrote in message news I think the Lookup functions are the right direction. Could take me a bit to understand by working with it. I appreciate the quick response on my question by everyone. Cheers, Wonderer "Ken Wright" wrote: Take a look at VLOOKUP. You create a table with all the matching values and then use the VLOOKUP formula where you want the prices to appear.  Regards Ken....................... Microsoft MVP  Excel Sys Spec  Win XP Pro / XL 97/00/02/03   It's easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission :)   "wandering" wrote in message ... I want to associate typed words and monetary values so that I don't have to continually retype the price. Is there a table that I can set up that a template or document draws from?? An example would be that everytime I type: PSL 3.5 x 9.5 it would bring up $9.25 into a specific field for further computation. 
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Turns out that for my requirements your suggestion of the Index / Match works
much better than the LookUp functions. Thanks very much!! "Dave R." wrote: Yes you could create a list (table) in some other sheet, then use a formula like =INDEX(range containing prices, MATCH(range that contains the WORDS,the cell where you typed in PSL ...,0)) "wandering" wrote in message ... I want to associate typed words and monetary values so that I don't have to continually retype the price. Is there a table that I can set up that a template or document draws from?? An example would be that everytime I type: PSL 3.5 x 9.5 it would bring up $9.25 into a specific field for further computation. 
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