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When you want to look up data in Excel, you should never use a worksheet function with "lookup" in its name. Here's why...

Why INDEX-MATCH Is Far Better Than VLOOKUP or HLOOKUP in Excel

(Download the workbook.) Excel’s VLOOKUP function is more popular than the INDEX-MATCH function combination, probably because when Excel users need to look up data then a "lookup" function...
SUMPRODUCT is one of Excel's most-powerful worksheet functions. Here, for example, you can use it in one formula to search text in one cell for many items.

How to Perform Multiple Table Searches Using the SEARCH & SUMPRODUCT Functions in Excel

SUMPRODUCT is one of Excel's most-powerful worksheet functions. Here, for example, you can use it in one formula to search text in one cell...
This simple invoicing system allows you to keep a list of products and prices in Excel, then use VLOOKUP or INDEX-MATCH to populate an invoice with the item and quantity you choose.

Use Excel’s INDEX-MATCH or VLOOKUP Functions to Populate Invoices and POs

A visitor asked how to set up a simple invoicing system in Excel. This is a common problem in many small businesses, divisions, and sales...
Most Excel users need to look up data in workbooks. But what's the best lookup method?

Excel’s VLOOKUP vs INDEX-MATCH Functions

Excel offers two primary lookup methods: VLOOKUP and INDEX-MATCH. Although the two methods are similar, INDEX-MATCH is more powerful. I suspect, however, that VLOOKUP is better-known and more...
We compare Excel's five columnar lookup functions.

XLOOKUP vs VLOOKUP vs INDEX-MATCH vs SUMIFS

SUMIFS? Really? Why is SUMIFS included among those lookup methods? I'll explain in a few minutes. But first, let's look at the lookup methods shown in...
In Excel Tables, you can filter on any two conditions in a column. But by using the SUMPRODUCT function, you can filter on any number of items in a list.

How to Use SUMPRODUCT in an Excel Table to Filter Any Number of Items

Excel 2007 introduced the powerful Table feature, as illustrated below. Tables allow you to sort and filter your data easily. However, the filter capability has...
INDEX-MATCH is Excel's most-powerful lookup method. But many users find it challenging. This is the first of a three-part series designed to INDEX-MATCH clearer.

How to Use INDEX-MATCH, Part 1: The INDEX Function

Which is best, VLOOKUP or INDEX-MATCH? You might be surprised at the question, because the answer never has been in doubt. INDEX-MATCH can do anything...

How to Use SUMPRODUCT to Create Two-Dimensional Lookups in Excel Formulas

A friend recently asked, "In this table, how can I return the date where the lowest value occurs?" More generally, however, he was asking how to...
Excel's STOCKHISTORY function can return decades of history about the prices of stocks for thousands of public companies from many countries. Here's an introduction to that function.

Introducing Excel’s STOCKHISTORY Function

The STOCKHISTORY function recently showed up in my non-beta version of Excel 365. Its appearance was a surprise because it wasn't announced as a What's...
Does Excel's INDEX worksheet function work for you only some of the time? Here are ways to learn why your INDEX function isn't working as you expect.

How to Debug INDEX in Excel

"I'm not a very experienced Excel user. Why does = INDEX(...) sometimes work and sometimes not.... :-)?" -- Suzan G. Probably the best way to...

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To reduce errors in reports, you should foot and cross-foot them. But Excel's floating-point arithmetic gets in the way. Here's how to fix the problem with a standard deviation calculation.

How to Foot and Cross-Foot Excel Reports in a Floating-Point World

At first glance, the following report is an ordinary one. It merely sums an Excel Table by Product and Region, and then foots and...

Excel’s XLOOKUP Function Explained

Excel's XLOOKUP function searches a range or an array, and returns an item corresponding to the first match it finds. If a match doesn't...

Excel’s VLOOKUP Function Explained

Excel's VLOOKUP function looks in the first column of an array and moves across the row to return the value of a cell. VLOOKUP is...
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