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How to vlookup and return matching value with cell comment?

When you apply the Vlookup function to return the matching value, it will only extract the value without the formatting, such as fill color, font or comment etc. But, sometimes, you may need to vlookup and return the matched value including comment as well to get the following screenshot result. How could you solve this job in Excel?

Vlookup and return matching value with cell comment by using VBA code


Vlookup and return matching value with cell comment by using VBA code

The below VBA code may help you to vlookup and return matched value with its comment, please do as follows:

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, then copy and paste the following code in the Module Window.

VBA code: Vlookup and return matching value with cell comment:

Function VlookupComment(LookVal As Variant, FTable As Range, FColumn As Long, FType As Long) As Variant
'Updateby Extendoffice
    Application.Volatile
    Dim xRet As Variant 'could be an error
    Dim xCell As Range
    xRet = Application.Match(LookVal, FTable.Columns(1), FType)
    If IsError(xRet) Then
        VlookupComment = "Not Found"
    Else
        Set xCell = FTable.Columns(FColumn).Cells(1)(xRet)
        VlookupComment = xCell.Value
        With Application.Caller
            If Not .Comment Is Nothing Then
                .Comment.Delete
            End If
            If Not xCell.Comment Is Nothing Then
                .AddComment xCell.Comment.Text
            End If
        End With
    End If
End Function

3. And then save the code and close the code window, enter this formula: =vlookupcomment(H2,A2:C10,3,FALSE) into a blank cell to locate the result, and press Enter key, the matched value as well as the comment is returned at once, see screenshot:

Note: In the above formula, H2 is the lookup value you want to return its corresponding value, A2:C10 is the data table you want to use, the number 3 is the column number which contains the matched value you want to return.

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txs a lot. highly appreciated!
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Hello this is a very good function, but it works for Notes, not Comments (this is how it is translated in my native language at least). Is there some way to change it from Notes to Comments? Also, is there a way to keep the cell format? (color of the original cell, etc).
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i've had the same issue. i can only say that having tried via vba to copy comments and notes... only notes are being copied, not the comments (although the have the same meaning, but a different functionality)... Notes seem to be of a static nature, unlike comments where you can keep "posting" to adding new text...Probably that's the reason....
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Hi, fana,
To extract the matched records with the comment in Office 365, please apply the below code:
Function VlookupComment(LookVal As Variant, FTable As Range, FColumn As Long, FType As Long) As Variant
'Updateby Extendoffice
    Application.Volatile
    Dim xRet As Variant 'could be an error
    Dim xCell As Range
    xRet = Application.Match(LookVal, FTable.Columns(1), FType)
    If IsError(xRet) Then
        VlookupComment = "Not Found"
    Else
        Set xCell = FTable.Columns(FColumn).Cells(1)(xRet)
        VlookupComment = xCell.Value
        With Application.Caller
            If Not .CommentThreaded Is Nothing Then
                .ClearComments
            End If
            If Not xCell.CommentThreaded Is Nothing Then
                .AddCommentThreaded xCell.CommentThreaded.Text
            End If
        End With
    End If
End Function


After pasting the code, apply this formula: =vlookupcomment(H2,A2:C10,3,FALSE) as well.

Please try, hope it can help you!
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Not working for me. I get #NAME? error when i use this formula. Please help.
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Hello, Sajjad,Did you put the VBA code of this article into your workbook? Please check it.Or which Excel version do you use?Thank you!
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This is a wonderful. But when using this code I find the file crashes a lot on Excel 365. when removing auto save I found it’s a little better. But with multiple users in the file, the file will crash all the time. Does this code use a lot of memory or is it a compatibility issue? Thoughts? Thanks
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Hi! I'm so glad I found this, the thing is, this actually works on notes, and not comments. is there a way to have work on comments and not notes? in notes i cannot tag my coworkers and i cannot reply either. thanks a lot!
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i can do that at the first time. but after i try to use changing formula of multiple cells. It doesn't work now. after even i type vlookupcomment, the cell becomes blank.
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My comment is too large for the default box size. Is there any way to increase the comment box size or possibly decrease the font size?
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If anyone else needs this.


Function VlookupComment(LookVal As Variant, FTable As Range, FColumn As Long, FType As Long) As Variant

'Updateby Extendoffice

Application.Volatile

Dim xRet As Variant 'could be an error

Dim xCell As Range

xRet = Application.Match(LookVal, FTable.Columns(1), FType)

If IsError(xRet) Then

VlookupComment = "-"

Else

Set xCell = FTable.Columns(FColumn).Cells(1)(xRet)

VlookupComment = xCell.Value

With Application.Caller

If Not .Comment Is Nothing Then

.Comment.Delete

End If

If Not xCell.Comment Is Nothing Then

.AddComment xCell.Comment.Text

.Comment.Shape.ScaleWidth 2, msoFalse, msoScaleFromTopLeft

.Comment.Shape.ScaleHeight 2.5, msoFalse, msoScaleFromTopLeft

End If

End With

End If

End Function
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I want only Comment as Cell Value using Vlookup...
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Thanks, It's helpful & I have something to askIt returns with cell comment but the Image (Inserted using fill effects ) does not show
Please , help me out of this Issue
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Shamim,
Sorry for that there is no direct code for solving your problem, if anyone has the solution, please comment here.
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Frank
Hello,

In case of spreadsheet protected, when I open my workbook the cell return the error #VALUE!

How we can solve this problem?
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Hello, Frank,
After inserting the code, you should save your workbook as Excel Macro-Enabled Workbook format, so that the code will not lose.
Please try! Thank you!
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Can we use cell in column B (order column) as comment for cell in column C (name). exc, comment for Helen is 80.
thank you for your help.
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