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Excel Videos - VLOOKUP Function

Short, step-by-step videos show how to use the Excel VLOOKUP function. Find a price, MATCH with VLOOKUP, student grades, and more.

Find Product Price with VLOOKUP 

Use MATCH in a VLOOKUP formula 

Change Percentages to Letter Grades in a VLOOKUP formula 

Hide Errors in a VLOOKUP Formula With IF and ISNA 

Find Product Price with VLOOKUP

In an Excel worksheet, you can create a table that stores product pricing, or employee information, or any other data that you need to refer to frequently. Then, from other cells in the workbook, you can use a VLookup formula to look up the data from the master table.

In this video, you'll see how to use a VLookup function to find the price for the selected product. The VLookup function looks in the first column of the table, to find the selected product name. Then, it returns the product price, from the column number that was entered in the VLookup formula.

For written instructions for this Excel tutorial, see: VLookup Function

Use MATCH in a VLOOKUP Formula

VLookup formulas work vertically, looking for values down a column, then they return the value in a specific column of the row where that value is found. In this video, instead of typing a column number in the VLookup formula, the MATCH function and VLOOKUP function are used together, to create a flexible formula.

The Excel MATCH function can find a value in a list, and return its position. In this example, the MATCH function is used to find the column number, to use in the VLOOKUP function.

For written instructions for this Excel tutorial, see: Match Function

Change Percentages to Letter Grades in a VLOOKUP Formula

When you create a Vlookup formula, do you want an exact match? Is an approximate match okay? If you use TRUE as the last argument, or omit the last argument, an approximate match can be returned. In this video, TRUE is used as the last argument, so the letter grade that is closest to the number grade is returned.

A lookup table shows the minimum score for each letter grade, and on the report card, the VLookup function is used to change percentages to letter grades.

For written instructions for this Excel tutorial, see: VLookup Function

Hide Errors in a VLOOKUP Formula With IF and ISNA

When you create a Vlookup formula with an exact match, an #N/A error might be the result if the value is not found.

Instead of showing the error, you can use the IF and ISNA functions to hide the error on the worksheet.

For written instructions for this Excel tutorial, see: VLookup Function

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