# How to VLOOKUP Between Two Google Sheets (2 Ideal Examples)

In Google Sheets, the VLOOKUP function is exceptionally dominant when you want to call corresponding data from different spreadsheets and workbooks. With this function, you can easily look up and retrieve information from huge data and flip your effort from hours to seconds. In this article, we will go through the approaches of VLOOKUP between two Google Sheets.

## 2 Ideal Examples to VLOOKUP Between Two Google Sheets

By using the VLOOKUP formula, you can look up values not only from the same spreadsheet but also from different spreadsheets as well.

For applying the VLOOKUP function here, we use two datasets for both methods. The first dataset contains Employee Information. Where we find Employee ID, Employee Name, Department, and Working Hours columns.

The other dataset contains Salary Information. Here, we have Employee ID, Employee Name, Working Hours, and Salary per Day columns.

For both methods, we have to look up for Working Hours column. The Employee ID considers the search key.

You can easily look up values from the same Google Spreadsheet. Here, we retrieve the Working Hours from the first sheet on the basis of Employee ID and want to place them in the second sheet.

Steps:

• Here, our first sheet contains the employee information called the sheetSame Spreadsheet (Emp_Info)’.

• The salary information is in another sheet called ‘Same Spreadsheet(Salary_Info)’.

• Then enter the VLOOKUP function in the D6.

• Enter the search key in the formula. Here, the search key is the Employee ID.

• After that, go to the first sheet and select the entire employee information table. Here, we select the data range B6:E13 from the Same Spreadsheet(Emp_Info).

• Now enter the column number which you want to look up. Here, we want to look up the Working Hours column in another sheet which is in the number 4.

• So, we enter 4 in the formula as the Index.

• Press ENTER and you will find your desired value in the selected cell.
`=VLOOKUP(B6,‘Same Spreadsheet(Emp_Info)’!B6:E13,4)`

• Here, B6 is the search key with which you look up values. The Same Spreadsheet(Emp_Info) is the name of the sheet representing the entire employee information table. B6:E13 presents the range value of the Employee Information 4 is the column number that you want to look up in another sheet.
• Finally, you can use the Fill handle to apply the formula to the entire column.

To look up data from different spreadsheets we have to apply the IMPORTRANGE function along with the VLOOKUP formula. The IMPORTRANGE function will help to import values from another sheet to your current spreadsheet. To apply this method,

Steps:

• First, create a new spreadsheet and insert your dataset. Here, we create Spreadsheet 2 and select the D6 cell to apply the VLOOKUP formula for this new sheet.

• Then insert the search key. As we select Employee ID as our search key, we enter cell B6.

• After that input the IMPORTRANGE function.

• Now open the spreadsheet that you want to look up and select the sheet tab. Then copy the URL from the location bar.

• Paste the URL into the formula inside double quotation marks.

• Add an exclamation mark (!) and insert the range of cells you want to look up from the source spreadsheet. Enclose the whole range with double quotation marks. Here, we insert “Different Spreadsheet(Emp_info)!B6:E13”

• Complete the IMPORTRANGE function by enclosing it with a bracket and inserting the index. Here, we add 4 as we want to look up the Working Hours from the source spreadsheet which is in the fourth column.

• Press ENTER and you will find the desired value in your selected cell.
`=VLOOKUP(B6,IMPORTRANGE("https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-TG3D9lAKKbZV9TKlDlrD5ZmZYc0nZKGa9l0WHe77EE/edit#gid=994114381","Different Spreadsheet(Emp_info)!B6:E13"),4)`

Formula Breakdown

• B6 is the search key.
• 4 is the column number that you want to look up.
• Finally, you can use the Fill handle to input the formula into the entire column as well.

## Things to Remember

• Ensure Permission while working with different workbooks.
• Be careful about using the exact data range in your formula.

## Conclusion

Hope now you can easily understand and work with VLOOKUP between two Google Sheets, both in the same spreadsheet or from different ones. To explore more about the VLOOKUP formula and other functions in Google Sheets you can visit OfficeWheel.

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#### Annyca Tabassum

Hello, I'm Annyca Tabassum. I currently work for the SOFTEKO as a technical writer and content developer. I have completed my graduation and post-graduation from SUST.

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