Index / Match + Sort / Filter Issue

• Hi

I have built a spreadsheet with a large data table using Index / Match formulas eg =INDEX(Workings!\$GC\$10:\$GC\$50,MATCH(\$C46,Workings!\$R\$10:\$R\$50,0),FALSE)

When I try to sort the table the formulas do not follow and the table is wrong. Any ideas how I can fix this so that I can sort the data?

Thanks

• Re: Index / Match + Sort / Filter Issue

Copy and paste the values to a new sheet and do your sorting and filtering there: formulae and sorting don't mix.

Ali

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• Re: Index / Match + Sort / Filter Issue

Quote from AliGW;779973

Copy and paste the values to a new sheet and do your sorting and filtering there: formulae and sorting don't mix.

Unfortunately I can't do that. I need the table to be able to be sorted with the formulae intact. Is this possible?

• Re: Index / Match + Sort / Filter Issue

I don't think so, certainly not without VBA code. You will have to wait for one of the coding experts to comment.

Ali

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• Re: Index / Match + Sort / Filter Issue

Did you notice that the range in the Match function is not absoluted for the rows... ie.. they are missing the \$ before the row indicators...

Workings!\$R10:\$R50 s/b Workings!\$R\$10:\$R\$50

That may mess things up...

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• Re: Index / Match + Sort / Filter Issue

Quote from NBVC;779982

Did you notice that the range in the Match function is not absoluted for the rows... ie.. they are missing the \$ before the row indicators...

Workings!\$R10:\$R50 s/b Workings!\$R\$10:\$R\$50

That may mess things up...

Sorry, in the actual formula it is correct. I typed the formula out and forgot to add the absolute. Will edit the original post.

• Re: Index / Match + Sort / Filter Issue

Are you able to attach your workbook, if there is no confidential info.

I don't see why you should not be able to filter/sort and keep the data using that formula..

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• Re: Index / Match + Sort / Filter Issue

I believe I've figured out the cause for the sorting issue.

When the Match lookupvalue references a sheet name, the lookup sticks to the cell as if it were an absolute. ie a formula showing "MATCH('Summary'!\$B13" has issues while "MATCH(\$B13" does not have sorting issues.

Does this make sense? Is this logic correct?

• Re: Index / Match + Sort / Filter Issue

Yes, that makes sense and is true, but your original formula didn't show that.... so it was not mentioned.

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• Re: Index / Match + Sort / Filter Issue

Quote from NBVC;779998

Yes, that makes sense and is true, but your original formula didn't show that.... so it was not mentioned.

Yes you're right. Thanks very much.

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