Locate information using Match Function in Excel

With this post, my aim is to help you Locate information using Match Function in Excel. In the practice file of this video lesson, I have three sheets:

  1. See it: This is where I will demonstrate the lesson.
  2. Do it: This sheet is for you to practice.
  3. Dataset: This sheet is where we have the data we are using to demonstrate the lesson.

The Match function searches for an item in a row or a column and then returns its position from a given range. The Function is designed to search for a specified item in a range of cells either in a single row or a single column. It will not function properly when tried on a matrix.

Match Function Arguments

The match function takes in 3 arguments.

  1. lookup_value: What are you looking for?
  2. lookup_array: Which row or a column do you want to look inside?
  3. match_type: This is an optional value that specifies how accurate the returned value should be. Refer the table below for more details on match_type argument:
Match_typeBehavior
1 or omittedMATCH finds the largest value that is less than or equal to lookup_value. The values must be placed in ascending order, for example: …-2, -1, 0, 1, 2, …, A-Z, FALSE, TRUE.
0MATCH finds the first value that is exactly equal to lookup_value; the argument can be in any order.
-1MATCH finds the smallest value that is greater than or equal tolookup_value. The values must be placed in descending order, for example TRUE, FALSE, Z-A, …2, 1, 0, -1, -2, …, and so on.

Please go ahead and watch the video below to learn how to Locate information using Match Function in Excel.

Excel Learning Series – TOC

  1. Excel 2016 – Basics – Find Sum, Average, Min and Max
  2. Excel 2016 Difference Between Formulas and Functions
  3. Excel 2016 Copy Formulas or Functions
  4. Microsoft Excel Auto Fill
  5. Excel 2016 Manage Views using Freeze Panes
  6. Microsoft Excel – Saving Workbooks
  7. Excel Upper and Lower Text Functions
  8. Excel 2016 – Text Function – Proper
  9. Excel Text Functions – Trim Function
  10. Excel – Text Function Left Function
  11. Excel Text Function – Right Function
  12. Excel Text Functions – MID Function
  13. Excel Concatenate Text Function
  14. Excel Nested Functions
  15. Excel Search Function
  16. Excel – Calculate Age using Date Function Today
  17. Calculate Tenure in Excel with Days Function
  18. Autofill Dates in Excel
  19. Formatting Dates in Excel
  20. Excel Date Format Shortcut
  21. Calculating Sum of Time in Excel
  22. Calculate Expiry Date in Excel 2016 – EDATE
  23. Find Age or Tenure using DATEDIF in Excel 2016
  24. RandBetween – Generate Random Dates in Excel 2016
  25. Excel Weekday Function
  26. Excel WeekNum and ISOWeekNum Functions
  27. Excel Networkdays and Excel Networkdays.INTL
  28. Excel Workday and Workdays INTL Functions
  29. Excel DATEVALUE AND TIMEVALUE
  30. Calculate Time Difference in Excel
  31. Calculate Quarter in Excel
  32. Rounding Day, Hour and Minutes in Excel
  33. Excel Pay Rate and Downtime Cost Calculation
  34. Excel Logical Functions IF, AND, OR
  35. Calculate Bonus in Excel Using IF Function
  36. Excel Learning – SumIF and SumIFS
  37. How to use Excel Count Functions
  38. How to use VLOOKUP in Excel
  39. How to vLookup in a different workbook in Excel
  40. VLookup for Multiple Sheets with Example
  41. Excel Custom Quarters
  42. Vlookup Return Custom Value
  43. Vlookup Based on Dropdown Selection
  44. HLookup in Excel
  45. Locate information using Match Function in Excel

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