Introduction of Vlookup Function

VLOOKUP: This function returns a value from the intersection between the found lookup value in the leftmost column and a column index number in the Table Array.

To use the Vlookup function, we need common value in both the data and the table, if we do not have a common value in another data from which we want to pick the data, then formula will give the #N/A error.

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Let’s take an example to understand:-

Considering we have a data in an excel spreadsheet that contains ID, Name, Gender and Age. In other table, we have drop down list of ID, through this ID we want to pick the name.

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Follow below given steps:-

  • Enter the formula in cell G6
  • =VLOOKUP(F6,$A$6:$D$10,{2,3,4,5},FALSE)
  • Press Enter

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In this way we can use VLOOKUP function.


VLOOKUP is most commonly used function in Microsoft Excel. There are many ways of using it along with many combinations.


Click on the below links to learn various ways of using VLOOKUP in Combination:


1). VLOOKUP with MATCH function

2). VLOOKUP with ISNA function

3). VLOOKUP with ISERROR function

4). VLOOKUP with IFERROR function

5). VLOOKUP with CHOOSE function

6). VLOOKUP for multiple criteria

7). Advanced use of VLOOKUP function

8). How to retrieve the entire row of a matched value?

9). Comparison between INDEX with MATCH V/S VLOOKUP with MATCH

10). How to change error result calculation when using Vlookup formula to 0 or empty cell

11). How to use VLOOKUP function as an alternative of Nested IF function


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