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Fig. 1  The lookup table is in Sheet1

The range to use as lookup is $A:$C.    $ is used to make the it an absolute reference (does not change when copying to other cells) 


Fig 2  The table with columns to be populated is in another worksheet.  Use 'worksheetname'! to prefix the range to refer to different sheet.


lookup_value : the cell reference of containing the value to use as the key for the lookup

table_array : the range of cells that form the lookup table, with the lookup value in the first column and starting from first row

col_index_num : the number of columns relative to the lookup column