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How to look up a value and return the cell above or below in Excel?

In Excel, we use VLOOKUP function to find a specific value from a range data, but do you know how to look up a value and then return its above or below values? Actually, you can use INDEX function to handle it.

Look up a value and return the cell above or below

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Look up a value and return cell above

Select a blank cell that you want to place the return value, and type this formula =INDEX(A1:A8,MATCH(D1,A1:A8,0)-1,1), press Enter key to return the value. See screenshot:
doc look return cell above 1

Look up a value and return cell below

Select a blank cell that you want to place the return value, and type this formula =INDEX(A1:A8,MATCH(D1,A1:A8,0)+1,1), press Enter key to get the result. See screenshot:
doc look return cell above 2

Note: in the formulas, the first A1:A8 is the range where you look up for value, and the second A1:A8 is the range where you want to look up for the criterion, D1 is the value you look up, 1 indicate the column number you want to return.

If you want to look up for a value and return below and the 3 cells to the right of the reference, you can apply this formula =INDEX(F1:H8,MATCH(K1,F1:F8,0)+1,3).
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    Ningo · 18 days ago
    Hi, I'm trying to get this working by looking up values in a row rather than a column. Please assist
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    joanne · 2 months ago
    I want to create a formula to show an error if the number in B column and C column and I want to put the formula in A column that will show as an error if the number entered in column B if below 712 and column C above 812?
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    Alex · 3 months ago
    Hey i was wondering if there was a way to get this to work so when you pull down the formula to another cell it increases how many rows you want it to go down.
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    Trey · 7 months ago
    How can I get this to work for my entire workbook. Trying to search by purchase order and list the container number that is one line above.

    =INDEX('Thur 9.5:Tues 12.31'!,MATCH('Hot Containers'!A5,'Thur 9.5:Tues 12.31'!,0)-1,1)
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    Ginny · 10 months ago
    Hello,

    How can I use this formula to match data in cell A3 in columns A to H and rows 1 to 9 and return the value in the row below. I have tried this formula =INDEX(Sheet1!a1:h9,MATCH(A3,Sheet1!a1:h9,0)+1,1) but it didn't work. Oh yeas and its data from another sheet.

    Any help would be greatly appreciate.
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      Sunny · 8 months ago
      Hi, you need to change =INDEX(Sheet1!a1:h9,MATCH(A3,Sheet1!a1:h9,0)+1,1) to =INDEX(Sheet1!a1:h9,MATCH(A3,Sheet1!a1:a9,0)+1,1), or you can use this formula =INDEX(A1:A9,MATCH(A3,A1:A9,0)+1,1)
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    Jeyner Lopez · 11 months ago
    Hi, how to know how many times a value occur after certain value, example I have a list of numbers, I try to know how many time number 2 is after 1 and so on
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    ryan · 1 years ago
    I have a piece of text in cell A2 in spreadsheet A. In spreadsheet B I have the same text in cell A4 and in cell C4 I wish to use a formula that will return the value of cell B4 from spreadsheet A. Is this possible?
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    ryan · 1 years ago
    I have a piece of text in cell A2 in spreadsheet A. In spreadsheet B I have the same text in cell A4 and in cell C4 I wish to use a formula that will return the value of cell B4 from spreadsheet A. Is this possible?
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    Jim · 1 years ago
    I need this formula, but with multiple columns
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      Sunny · 1 years ago
      What's you need? You can describ your quetion with more details so that we can help you.
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    Mike · 2 years ago
    Lets say my names run across row 1 and the values directly below in row 2. How do I look it up then? This formula doesn't seem to work when the data is horizontal.
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      simon · 1 years ago
      I looked around quite a bit and found this:

      =INDEX(A1:Z1,MATCH(D3,A10:Z10,0))

      D3 is your lookup value; row 10 has the values you are searching; row 1 has the values you will return where there's a match in the relevant column in row 10 with D3
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    Robin · 2 years ago
    Hello! I have an interesting question. Let’s say that i have a letter(”S” for example) on every row but in different places. So on the second row the letter ”S” can be found in cell X2 and on the third row the letter ”S” can be found in cell F3. At the top of the table (the first row) you have dates, ranging horizontilly. What function should I use in ordern to find the letter ”S” on each row, and then retreive the date that is located x amount of steps above it? How do you search horizontelly for a letter, and when you find that specific letter, go up to row 1 to retreive its date? I hope I explained this in a clear manner :)
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    Jon Chapman · 3 years ago
    This is a great formula. Can it be wrapped in to a COUNTIF formula, so instead of returning the looked-up value, it counts how many times the result was found? EG: how many times 'Jack' was returned

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