function searches for records in a table and returns the value from a specific field. Conditions may be used to identify the record or records that should be read.
( table name
, field name
, [ filter
] , [ offset
function syntax has these parts:
||Required. This argument identifies an SQL statement or a specific internal table name in the Timberline Office database. If this argument does not supply a valid source of data, then the result of the function will be #TABLE? ("table name" not found).
||Required. This argument identifies an internal field name or alias returned by the table name argument. If this argument does not contain a valid field name, then the result of the function will be #FIELD? ("field name" not found).
||Optional. A filter is a string of text that includes comparisons between fields in the table and specific values. Only the records that satisfy the filter conditions will be used to return values.
||Optional. If more than one record meets the filter conditions, this value may be used to indicate which record the value should be read from. A value of 0 returns the first match. Positive values indicate the number of records that should be skipped (e.g. 1 would skip the first match and return the second match). Available as of version 2.01.0018, negative values skip records, but in the opposite direction (e.g. -1 would skip to the last record, -2 would skip to the second-to-last record, etc).The value for offset must be in the range of -n to n-1, where n represents the number of records satisfying the filter. If the value for offset is outside of this range, no value is returned.
If the function does not return a value, Excel may interpret that to be a zero or a date depending on the cell format.