Using Named Ranges for Picture Lookup in Microsoft Excel 2010

If you want a formula that will return picture based on the lookup value, you can use a combination of INDEX& MATCH functions in Named ranges to get the output.

INDEX: Returns a value or reference of the cell at the intersection of a particular row and column, in a given range.

Syntax: =INDEX(array,row_num,column_num)

MATCH function searches for a specified item in a selected range of cells, and then returns the relative position of that item in the range.

Syntax =MATCH(lookup_value,lookup_array,match_type)

Let us take an example:

We have animals’ name in column A & their pictures in corresponding cell in column B.We want a formula to match the animal name in cell D2 & based on the criteria we will extract the pictures of the animal.

  • Click on the cell B2 & make sure you have not clicked on the picture.
  • Copy the cell & right click on it.
  • Select Paste Special & click on “Linked Picture” as shown in below snapshot.


  • After selecting the Linked Picture option, you will see the picture of tiger is linked in cell E2.


  • Go to Formulas ribbon


  • Click on Define Name. Then, the following dialog box will appear.


  • Enter name of the range in Name box.
  • In Refers to box, enter the formula as =INDEX($B$2:$B$4,MATCH($D$2,$A$2:$A$4,0))


  • Click on OK
  • Select cell E2 & go to formula bar
  • Enter equals to (=) “MyAnimal” the name that you have entered at the time of defining names & press Enter.


  • Now you can change the name in cell D2 to Leopard or Lion to check the results in cell E2 in the form of images.


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