Excel University Blog

Read on for in-depth articles, tutorials, and videos. Search or browse for specific topics. Be sure to subscribe if you'd like to be notified when we write something new.

VLOOKUP

VLOOKUP on Two or More Criteria Columns

By Jeff Lenning | January 10, 2014 |

If you have ever tried to use a VLOOKUP function with two or more criteria columns, you’ve quickly discovered that it just wasn’t built for that purpose. Fortunately, there is another function that may work as an alternative to VLOOKUP depending on what you want to return. Multi-Column Lookup Objective First, let’s confirm our objective…

Read More

How to Return a Value Left of VLOOKUP’s Lookup Column

By Jeff Lenning | August 29, 2013 |

If you have ever tried to return a value that physically lies to the left of the lookup column, you quickly realize that this task is difficult to accomplish with the VLOOKUP function.  This is a perfect time to move beyond the VLOOKUP function and explore the INDEX and MATCH functions. Note: depending on your…

Read More

Perform Approximate Match and Fuzzy Lookups in Excel

By Jeff Lenning | April 11, 2013 |

This post explores Excel’s lookup functions, approximate matches, fuzzy lookups, and exact matches.  The built-in Excel lookup functions, such as VLOOKUP, are amazing. When implemented in the right way for special projects or in recurring use workbooks, they are able to save a ton of time. The VLOOKUP function alone has saved countless hours in…

Read More