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Excel 2016 from Scratch Exercise

Vertical Lookup D – Search

An Excel tutorial by Peter Kalmstrom

Excel 2016 iconIn this exercise in the Excel 2016 from Scratch series, Peter Kalmstrom shows how to set use the Excel vertical lookup function to search for information.

Peter also shows how to avoid a "not applicable" message when the search cell is empty and how to modify the search formula to only give exact matches.

As an example Peter uses a contact list, where he has added a formula that looks up the telephone number of a person when you write the first name in a certain cell.


If you want to try the exercise yourself, please download the Excel file Peter uses in the demo!


This is what Peter shows in the demo below:

  • How to create a vertical lookup formula that searches for the value entered in a certain cell in a range of other cells and outputs the value  of a certain column in the same row as the search value.
  • How to insert an "if" statement in the formula that conditions the formula cell to be blank when no value has been entered in the search cell.
  • How to make the formula give only exact matches.
Peter uses Excel 2016 for his demo, but the Excel calculation functions are the same for earlier versions of Excel.

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