**The VLOOKUP function** is a dynamic tool in Google Sheets. We can search for any values in any given range with the help of this function. But sometimes you might find that the **VLOOKUP** function is not working in Google Sheets. In this article, I’ll discuss 8 easy fixes when the function is not working with clear images and steps.

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**8 Solutions When VLOOKUP Function Is Not Working in Google Sheets**

Let’s get introduced to our dataset first. Here we have some products in **Column B** and their prices in **Column C**. With the help of this dataset, I’ll show you 8 useful solutions when the **VLOOKUP** function is not working in Google Sheets.

**Solution 1: Checking Delimiters**

The delimiter is the sign we use when we enter any function in Google Sheets. Normally we use a comma (,) as our delimiters. Using wrong delimiters will give a **#N/A Error**. From our dataset, we want to look for the price of the **Mouse**. So, in our dataset, we have used this formula-

`=VLOOKUP(B13.B4:C10.2.FALSE)`

As we have used dot sign (.) as our delimiters the output is giving a **#N/A Error**. Let’s see how to correct it.

**Steps:**

- Firstly, type the following formula with the right delimiters (,) in
**Cell C13**–

`=VLOOKUP(B13,B4:C10,2,FALSE)`

- Then hit
**Enter**to get the output.

**Solution 2: Inserting Function Name Properly**

We have to put the function name properly to get the desired result. So, check for any spelling mistakes you may have made during applying the **VLOOKUP** function. In our dataset, we have put the formula shown below-

`=VLOKUP(B13,B4:C10,2,FALSE)`

As we have done a spelling mistake it is giving a **#NAME? error**.

**Steps:**

- First, write the next formula in
**Cell C13**–

`=VLOOKUP(B13,B4:C10,2,FALSE)`

- Next, press
**Enter**to get the result correctly.

**Solution 3: Giving Cell Reference Correctly**

Giving correct cell references is also important during applying the **VLOOKUP** function. A cell reference is a value that the function searches within the given range of data. Like in this case we have given **Cell E6** as a reference whereas our desired value is in **Cell B13**. That’s why applying the formula will give a **#N/A Error**–

`=VLOOKUP(E6,B4:C10,2,FALSE)`

**Steps:**

- First of all, insert the below formula in
**Cell C13**–

`=VLOOKUP(B13,B4:C10,2,FALSE)`

- After, hit the
**Enter Button**to get the correct output.

**Read More: ****Highlight Cell If Value Exists in Another Column in Google Sheets**

**Solution 4: Matching Range Properly**

You should also put the data range correctly in the **VLOOKUP** function. Otherwise, it’ll give a **#N/A Error.** Like in this case we have a new column titled **Product ID** in **Column C**. So, the prices are moved to **Column D**. Then when we apply the following formula it is giving an error-

`=VLOOKUP(B13,C4:D10,2,FALSE)`

It is giving an error because the function searches for the value **Mouse** in the range from **Cell C4** to **D10** which is the false range. Because **VLOOKUP** always searches through the first column of the range. Let’s correct it.

**Steps:**

- In the first place, put the formula in
**Cell C13**–

`=VLOOKUP(B13,B4:D10,3,FALSE)`

- After that, press the
**Enter Button**to get the result instantly.

- Don’t forget to put the correct column index number which is 3 because we have our prices in column no 3 of our data range.

**Read More: How to VLOOKUP All Matches in Google Sheets (2 Approaches)**

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**Solution 5: Inserting Correct Column Index Number**

If we insert the wrong column index number then the **VLOOKUP** function will return the wrong value in Google Sheets. Like in our case we have inserted the formula like this-

`=VLOOKUP(B13,B4:D10,2,FALSE)`

The formula is returning the product id of the product but we want the price of the product. As we have put the column index no 2 it is giving values from column no 2, **Column C**.

**Steps:**

- In the beginning, type the following formula in
**Cell C13**with the correct column index no 3-

`=VLOOKUP(B13,B4:D10,3,FALSE)`

- Thereafter, hit
**Enter**to get the output.

**Read More: How to VLOOKUP Multiple Columns in Google Sheets (3 Ways)**

**Solution 6: Removing Extra Space**

We may have some extra spaces in our lookup value. Then the **VLOOKUP** function won’t work. Below the formula isn’t working because we have some spaces in **Cell B13** as shown in the picture. We have applied the next formula and it isn’t working for having space in the value-

`=VLOOKUP(B13,B4:D10,3,FALSE)`

**6.1. Manually Removing Space**

We can remove the space manually like below.

**Steps:**

- Before all, write the next formula in
**Cell C13**after removing spaces from**Cell B13**–

`=VLOOKUP(B13,B4:D10,3,FALSE)`

- Afterward, press
**Enter**to get the price.

**6.2. Uniting VLOOKUP, TRIM, and CLEAN Functions**

Moreover, we can merge the **VLOOKUP, ****TRIM**, and, **CLEAN** functions to get results instantly. In this case, we don’t have to manually remove any space. The output is very fast.

**Steps:**

- Earlier on, insert the formula in
**Cell C13**–

`=VLOOKUP(TRIM(CLEAN(B13)),B4:D10,3,FALSE)`

- Consequently, click
**Enter**to get the desired output.

**Formula Breakdown**

**CLEAN(B13)**

At first, this function cleans any non-printable characters from **Cell B13**.

**TRIM(CLEAN(B13))**

Then this function trims any space present in **Cell B13**.

**VLOOKUP(TRIM(CLEAN(B13)),B4:D10,3,FALSE)**

Finally this formula search for the value in **Cell B13** from the data range **Cell B4** to **D10** and returns the output from column no 3, **Column D**.

**Solution 7: Putting Right Format**

When we search for something with the **VLOOKUP** function the format should be similar for both value and dataset. Otherwise, we don’t get any results. Now in our dataset, we have product ids in text format but our given value in **Cell B13** is in number format. So our next formula isn’t working here-

`=VLOOKUP(B13,B4:C10,2,FALSE)`

So we have to put a similar format when the **VLOOKUP** function is not working with the text format.

**7.1. Applying Format Command**

We can do this simply by applying the **Format Command**.

**Steps:**

- Initially, Select
**Cell B13**and go to**Format > Number > Plain Text**.

- Again, put the formula in
**Cell C13**–

`=VLOOKUP(B13,B4:C10,2,FALSE)`

- Moreover, hit the
**Enter button**to get the desired price.

**7.2. Combining VLOOKUP and TEXT Functions**

Additionally, we can combine the **VLOOKUP** and **TEXT** functions to get the result instantly.

**Steps:**

- Before, type the following formula in
**Cell C13**–

`=VLOOKUP(TEXT(B13,"#"),B4:C10,2,FALSE)`

- After, click the
**Enter button**to get the result.

**Formula Breakdown**

**TEXT(B13,”#”)**

At first, this function converts the format of **Cell B13** into text.

**VLOOKUP(TEXT(B13,”#”),B4:C10,2,FALSE)**

Finally this formula search for the value in **Cell B13** from the data range **Cell B4** to **C10**. Then it gives the output from column no 2, **Column C**.

**Read More: Combine VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP Functions in Google Sheets**

**Solution 8: Inserting Sheet Name Correctly**

Sometimes the **VLOOKUP** function does not work between sheets. We have a dataset like below which have products in **Column B**, their ids in **Column C,** and prices in **Column D**. We gave a name to our dataset which is **Datasheet**.

When we move to another sheet and apply the following formula it gives an **#REF Error**–

`=VLOOKUP(B5,Sheets!B4:D10,3,FALSE)`

This error occurs because here we put the sheet name wrong.

**Steps:**

- Firstly, type the following formula in
**Cell C13**with the correct sheet name-

`=VLOOKUP(B5,Datasheet!B4:D10,3,FALSE)`

- Finally, hit
**Enter**to get the output instantly.

**Read More: ****How to Use VLOOKUP with Named Range in Google Sheets**

**Conclusion**

That’s all for now. Thank you for reading this article. In this article, I have discussed 8 easy solutions when the **VLOOKUP** function is not working in Google Sheets. Please comment in the comment section if you have any queries about this article. You will also find different articles related to google sheets on our **officewheel.com****.** Visit the site and explore more.

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