This function searches for a value in the leftmost column and returns a value in the same row from a column you specify.

Syntax

VLOOKUP(value,array,colindex,approx)

Arguments

This function has these arguments:

Argument |
Description |

value |
Value for which to search |

array |
Array or cell range that contains the data to search |

colindex |
Column number in the array from which the matching value is returned |

approx |
[Optional] Logical value indicating whether to find an approximate match; if omitted, uses TRUE and finds an approximate match |

Remarks

If approx is FALSE, it finds an exact match, not an approximate match. If it cannot find one, it returns an #N/A error value.

If approx is TRUE or omitted, and the value cannot be found, then the largest value that is less than the value is used.

This function is similar to HLOOKUP except that it searches vertically (by column), instead of by row (horizontally).

Data Types

Accepts numeric or string data. Returns numeric data.

Examples

VLOOKUP(2,A1:D10,3)

See Also