We have now reached the end of the Mastering VLOOKUP series.  Hopefully, you’ve picked up a few tips and tricks to take your VLOOKUP skills to the next level.  If you’ve been following along you will have learned more than just VLOOKUP: Faster calculation from an approximate match – this also applies to HLOOKUP and Read More

## VLOOKUP: List all the matching items

In the previous post in this series, Mastering VLOOKUP, we learned how to look up the 2nd, 3rd, 4th or nth item from a data set.  Today, we will be expanding on that by looking at how to return all the matching values in the dataset.  Plus, we will combine this with partial matches, so Read More

## VLOOKUP: Lookup the nth item (without helper columns)

In this series, Mastering VLOOKUP we have covered a lot of ground.  But this post is one of the most fiendish of all.  VLOOKUP, by its design, is intended to return the first match it finds.  But, if we want the 2nd, 3rd or nth VLOOKUP it not so easy.  Often people resort to helper Read More

## Automatically expand the VLOOKUP data range

The 2nd argument in the VLOOKUP function is the table_array.  This is the range of cells which contains the data to be used within the VLOOKUP function.    For example, in the code below A1:C9 is the table_array. =VLOOKUP(“O Redding”,A1:C9,3,FALSE) When using the VLOOKUP function, we often know how many rows there are in the data, Read More

## How to use VLOOKUP with columns and rows

There are times when our data is laid out in columns and rows.  In these circumstances, we may need to look up to both the column and the row at the same time, such as in the data below. But how can we achieve this?   VLOOKUP & MATCH By combining the VLOOKUP function with Read More

## Using wildcards with VLOOKUP

Have you ever played Scrabble?  It is the game where you receive points for constructing words from letters printed on small plastic tiles.  In my opinion, the best tile to get is always the blank tile.  It doesn’t score any points, but it can be used to represent any letter at all.  Therefore, if you Read More

## VLOOKUP with multiple criteria

Most Excel users think that VLOOKUP can only be used with a single criterion; until a few months ago I believed this was also the case.  In the past I had used INDEX/MATCH or helper columns because I had not appreciated how much could be achieved with the VLOOKUP & CHOOSE combination.  We have already Read More

## VLOOKUP: Change the column number automatically

Unfortunately, VLOOKUP, whilst powerful, simple and easy to use, is one of the least flexible functions in Excel.  Just imagine for a moment that we have entered the following formula into Cell E6 (see screenshot below). =VLOOKUP(E4,A2:B10,2,0) This formula is returning the value from the 2nd column (Column B) – result 21. But, what happens Read More

## How to VLOOKUP to the left

VLOOKUP is a very useful formula; most advanced Excel users still encounter situations where it would be a suitable solution.  But a basic VLOOKUP has one major flaw; it cannot lookup a value to the left.  The value being looked up must always be in the first column and the value returned must always be Read More

## VLOOKUP: How to calculate faster

Last year I wrote a series of posts about how to optimize formula calculation speed.  Having read those posts a friend of mine (also an Excel geek) asked me why I hadn’t considered using an approximate match with sorted data.  I explained that I hardly ever use an approximate match due the risk of getting Read More