Example: 18 is nearest to 17 so the return value would be John

Numbers Names

38 Tammy

17 John

20 Amy

Supposing you have a list of numbers in a column, and now you are required to find out the closest or nearest value to a given value from the list of numbers. How do you deal with it? Actually, you can find closest value or nearest value in Excel with following steps.

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In general, you can apply array formula to find out closest numbers in Excel. But how about closest text strings? Here, with the** Fuzzy Lookup** feature of **Kutools for Excel**, you can easily find out all closest text strings by a given work in Excel.
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For example, you have a list of numbers in Column A, and now you will find the closest value or the nearest value of 18 from the Column A. You can do it as follows:

Select a blank cell, and enter below formula, and press the **Ctrl + Shift + Enter** keys together.

=INDEX(B3:B22,MATCH(MIN(ABS(B3:B22-E2)),ABS(B3:B22-E2),0))

**Note:** In this array formula of **{=INDEX(B3:B22,MATCH(MIN(ABS(B3:B22-E2)),ABS(B3:B22-E2),0))}**,

**B3:B22**is the range that you want to find the specific value**E2**is the searching value that you want to be compared with.

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Sometimes, you may want to find out and select all closet values to the given value in a range. Actually, we can define a deviation value, and then apply Kutools for Excel’s **Select Special Cells **utility to find out and select all closest values within the diviation range of give value easily.

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For example, in our example we define the deviation value as 2, and the given value is 18. Therefore, we need to find out and select values between * 16* (

**1**. Select the range where you will search for closest values to the give value, and then click **Kutools** > **Select** > **Select Specific Cells**.

2. In the opening Select Specific Cells dialog box,

(1) Check the **Cell **option in the **Selection type** section;

(2) In the **Specific type** section, click the first drop down list and select **Greater than or equal to** from it and type **16** into following box, and then select **Less than or equal to** from the second drop down list and type **20** into following box. See left screenshot:

**3**. Click the **Ok** button to apply this utility. Then a dialog box comes out and shows you how many cells have been selected. And you will see all closest values within the deviation range of the given value are selected as below screenshot shown:

If you have Kutools for Excel installed, you can apply its Fuzzy Find feature to find out closest text strings from a given range easily in Excel. Please do as follows:

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**1**. Click **Kutools** > **Find** > **Fuzzy Lookup** to enable the Fuzzy Lookup pane in your workbook.

**2**. In the Fuzzy Lookup pane, please configure as follows；

(1) Check the **Specified** option, and select the range where you will look for closest text strings;

(2) Check the** Find by specified text **option;

(3) Go to the **Text** box, and type the specified text whose closest text strings you will find;

(4) In the **Maximum number of different characters** box, please type a number. In my case, I type 1;

(5) In **The cell string length is at least** box, please type a number. In my case, I type 5;

**3**. Click the** Find** button.

Now expand the search results, and you will see all closest text strings are listing in bulk. See screenshot:

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