The VLOOKUP function works fine with wildcard characters. We can use this to extract the first text value from a given list in excel. Here is the generic formula.
Generic First Text Retrieving Excel Formula
"*": This a wildcard operator that is used to search any text.
lookup_table: The table in which you want to do the lookup.
col: The column number in the table that you want to fetch the value from.
0: for Exact match.
Let's have an example so that we can see this excel formula in action.
Example: Retrieve first text value from a list in excel
Here we have a list of data that contains some numbers, texts, and blanks. We will extract the first text value from this list using the above generic formula.
Write this VLOOKUP formula in a cell to retrieve the first text value from the list.
Hit enter. This returns John-3.
How does it work?
It is simple. The VLOOKUP function works with wildcard operators. It means that if you have just "*", VLOOKUP will lookup for any text value.
Here, the lookup value is "*", the lookup value is A2: A8, and the column index is 1 with match type exact. This formula looks for any text in range A2:A8 and returns the first text value from the range.
So yeah guys, this how you can retrieve first text value from a list in excel. If you have any doubt or specific query regarding this topic or any other Excel/2010/2013/2016/365/VBA related query, ask in the comments section below.
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