I want to use Microsoft Excel's VLOOKUP function to find data in my spreadsheet. I've tried looking at online guides, but I'm still confused as to how the function actually works.
How do I use the VLOOKUP function in Microsoft Excel?
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If you have some Data like in the example :
A B C Number Part Price A001 Water Pump 68.39 A002 Alternator 380.73 A003 Air Filter 15.4 A004 Wheel Bearing 35.16 A005 Muffler 160.23 A006 Oil pan 101.89 A007 Brake pads 65.99 A008 Brake rotors 85.73 A009 Headlight 35.19 A010 Brake cable 15.49
If you need to write the number in another place and you need to retrieve the Part or the Price you use Vlookup.
=VLOOKUP(lookup value, lookup array(range containing the lookup value and the result value), the column number in the range containing the return value, optionally specify TRUE for approximate match or FALSE for an exact match).
If you want the price of A005 in D1 you write in E1:
D E A005 =Vlookup(D1,$A$11:$C$11,3,False)
Lookup Array is $A$11:$C$11
Lookup Value is D1
3 is the third column (price column)
False to return the exact match
Another use of Vlookup
In case you need an approximate match not exact match like the following:
A B Quantity Price 0 10 100 9.5 500 9 1000 8.5
Column A should be sorted ascending (A and B selected and sort by column A ascending)
D E 300 9.5 =VLOOKUP(D1,$A$2:$B$5,2,TRUE) 200 9.5 750 9 1003 8.5
$A$2:$B$5 is the first column A and B Quantity and Price
$ for fixed reference
2 to return the second column Price
True for approximate match