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A Quick Reference Guide for VLOOKUP in Excel

The VLOOKUP function is not the easiest function to use, especially for those who are not familiar with it.

And so, I created this reference guide to help you navigate the VLOOKUP function in a pinch.

What is VLOOKUP?

The VLOOKUP function allows you to look up a piece of data that is related to some other piece of data.

For example, let’s say you have some employee data.

  • You know the employee’s name. (Lookup value)
  • You want to know the employee’s role. (Return value)

VLOOKUP is a great solution for this kind of problem.

When can I use it?

You can use the VLOOKUP function when your data meets two requirements.

  1. The fields (categories) are arranged across columns.
  2. The data that you know (lookup value) is in the left-most column of your data.

How do I use it?

The VLOOKUP function requires four arguments to be used. Here are the four arguments represented as steps to make things easier to understand.

  1. Select the lookup value (what you now).
  2. Select the entire dataset but not the headers.
  3. Enter the column number for the return value (what you want to know).
  4. Enter the value FALSE for an exact match

More Info on VLOOKUP

If you’d like a more detailed explanation of the VLOOKUP function, then check out the article below!

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