Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Understanding lookup and reference functions
You can use the VLOOKUP function to retrieve information from the table in Figure 14-2.
Figure 14-2 VLOOKUP returns a value in the same row as the lookup value.
You’ll find the Lookup.xlsx file with the other examples on the companion website.
Remember that these lookup functions usually search for the greatest comparison value
that is less than or equal to the lookup value, not for an exact match between the
comparison values and the lookup value. If all the comparison values in the first row or column
of the table range are greater than the lookup value, the function returns the #N/A error
value. If all the comparison values are less than the lookup value, however, the function
returns the value that corresponds to the last (largest) comparison value in the table, which
might not be what you want. If you require an exact match, type FALSE as the range_
lookup argument.
The worksheet in Figure 14-3 shows an example of a horizontal lookup table using the
HLOOKUP function.
Figure 14-3 HLOOKUP returns a value in the same column as the lookup value.
 
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