Excel is not updating calculations
So, to avoid all this hassle we have written this in-depth article covering most of the reasons for excel formulas not working. “The Australian researchers found that roughly 1 in 5 of these papers included errors in their gene lists that were due to Excel automatically converting gene names to things like calendar dates or random numbers.” You can download complete research materials from Source Forge website (Open Source) for further reading.The above research paper may not be directly linked to formulas not working in excel, but there is a point here: Very well built & tested software like MS Excel can go wrong in terms understanding our data to recalculate.[please refer below example] It’s very important to have correct formatting before using formulas like Vlookup, Hlookup, and Match & Index.Numbers formatted as a text is one of the common reason for formulas not working in excel. For example, on the left-hand side, you can see Customer ID looks similar to numbers.For example, in our above table, we have used absolute cell referencing to make it easy for us to copy formulas. Instead of using partial freeze, we have used F4 shortcut key and fixed entire range. So, the correct way should have been using absolute reference for only row’s like this =SUM(D: D).How to fix this issue: Unfortunately, there are no quick fixes for this type of errors.
This option is very useful to find out all the formulas in a worksheet.
This would not meet exact match criteria in Vlookup formula thus results in #N/A error.
How to fix this issue: The extra space(s) issue can be fixed using Trim formula.
Do you know extra spaces cause a lot of problems while using Vlookup formula?
Sometimes it’s quite hard to identify these spaces.
It’s worth to re-format lookup column before using Vlookup formula. Personally, I’ve struggled many times with these type of errors.