Partial match with VLOOKUP function

VLOOKUP just searches for the row of a given value in the first column of a table and returns asked column’s value in that row.
Syntax:

=VLOOKUP(lookup_value, table_array, col_index_number, [range_lookup])

Lookup_Value: The Value by which you want to search in the first column of Table Array.
Table_array: The Table in which you want to look up/search
col_index_number: The column number in Table Array from which you want to fetch results.
[range_lookup]: FALSE if you want to search for exact value, TRUE if you want an approximate Date match.

NOTE: VLOOKUP function looks up for the value in the first row of Table_array and extracts corresponding values only right of it
Let’s understand this function using it in an example.

Here we have a Table named range A2:E14. And we need to find the partial match “dine” with the first name in the Table.
Use the formula:

=VLOOKUP("*dine*",Table,1,FALSE)

“*dine*” : any first name that partially matches first name
Table : Table_array used define name on range A2:E14.
1 : look in the first column of the Table.
False : Accepts partial match.

As you can see the first match with “dine” is “Jardine” and NOW we could find all the corresponding values of First Name Jardine.

Replace the col_index_number from 1 to 2, 3, 4 & 5 to get rest of the values.

As you can see we got all the values we need that matches our partial lookup value

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