# How to "Teach" Excel to Learn Names?

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HoomanCz Posts 2 Registration date Monday May 22, 2017 Status Member Last seen May 23, 2017 - May 22, 2017 at 02:40 AM
HoomanCz Posts 2 Registration date Monday May 22, 2017 Status Member Last seen May 23, 2017 - May 23, 2017 at 10:42 PM
Greetings to all,

I'm desperate to find a solution to my tedious work. So, each day i will go through hundreds of records and change product names.

For example,
1. Blue Carpet - S
2. Small Carpet - Blue
3. 100 x 20 Carpet - Blue
4. Blue Small Carpet

For all 4 names above, i will change the name to (Small Carpet - Blue). And this is only for 1 product. There are hundreds more products to go.

I was wondering if there is a way to "teach" Excel to identify these names and input (Small Carpet - Blue) to the cell on the right without manually typing.

Thanks!
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TrowaD Posts 2921 Registration date Sunday September 12, 2010 Status Moderator Last seen December 27, 2022 552
Updated on May 23, 2017 at 11:25 AM
Hi HoomanCz,

You can build a table for it, where the left column has the 'faulty' names and the right column has the 'correct' names. Then use the VLOOKUP formula to pull the 'correct' names from the table.

Example:
Sheet2
Column A
Blue Carpet - S
Small Carpet - Blue
100 x 20 Carpet - Blue
Blue Small Carpet

Sheet2
Column B
Small Carpet - Blue
Small Carpet - Blue
Small Carpet - Blue
Small Carpet - Blue

Sheet1
Column A
Blue Carpet - S
Small Carpet - Blue
100 x 20 Carpet - Blue
Blue Small Carpet

Sheet1
Column B
=VLOOKUP(A1,Sheet2!\$A\$1:\$B\$4,2,0)
Drag formula down

Best regards,
Trowa
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HoomanCz Posts 2 Registration date Monday May 22, 2017 Status Member Last seen May 23, 2017
May 23, 2017 at 10:42 PM
WOW! This really did helped a ton, thank you so much for your time :D