In this article, we will learn How to use the HLOOKUP function in Excel.
What is the HLOOKUP function used for in Excel?
Usually, when we work with lookup values and matching tables in a vertical manner (top to bottom) in Excel. But it's not necessary that the table or array we are looking in is in the kind of order we need. So be flexible about using the functions in Excel. HLOOKUP does the exact same work as VLOOKUP but horizontally in an array. Let's understand the HLOOKUP function syntax and an example to illustrate the function.
HLOOKUP Function in Excel
HLookup Stands for Horizontal Lookup. Same as Vlookup it looks for a value in a table but Row wise, not column wise.
Syntax of HLOOKUP
|=HLOOKUP(lookup value, table array, row index number, [range_lookup] )|
lookup value : The value you are looking for.
Table Array : The table in which you are looking for the value.
Row Index Number : The row number in Table from which you want to retrieve data.
[range_lookup] : it's the match type. 0 for exact match and 1 for approximate match.
All of these might be confusing to understand. Let's understand how to use the function using an example. Here we have this data:
And we have this query
I want to retrieve data from table in I2 by just changing heading in I1 and row number in H2.
To do this, I write this HLOOKUP formula in cell I2
Now whenever you change heading, the HLOOKUP formula will show data of that heading.
The above HLOOKUP function will look for exact match in the first row of table and will return the value from given row number.
If you want an approximate match use 1 instead of 0 at range_lookup.
HLOOKUP is very useful if you are searching for data row wise. It can be combined with INDEX function to get data using headings row titles.
The HLOOKUP function is available in Excel 2016, 2013, 2010 and 2007 and may be in older versions too (I never used them).
You can also perform lookup exact matches using INDEX and MATCH function in Excel. Learn more about How to do Case Sensitive Lookup using INDEX & MATCH function in Excel. You can also look up for the partial matches using the wildcards in Excel.
Here are all the observational notes using the HLOOKUP function in Excel
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