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I have set a VLOOKUP formula to match account numbers. How ever I have to
click double click on the cell before the formula recognises the account
number. I have to do this for each cell. I have tried different formats. It
is not saving me that much time.

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I know that I could get him to just click save each time before really looking at the results, but that is just a band aid to the problem.

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Someone once showed me how if you have a a reference to a cell in one sheet
you could double click on the cell and it would jump to the referenced cell
in the reference cell's sheet.

For example.

Cell With Reference Referenced Cell in other
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I have the following in G2:


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