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How to vlookup and return the last matching value in Excel?

If you have a list of items which are repeated many times, and now, you just want to know the last matching value with your specified data. For example, I have the following data range, there are duplicate product names in column A but different names in column C, and I want to return the last matching item Cheryl of the product Apple as following screenshot shown:

Vlookup the last matching value in Excel with formulas

Vlookup the last matching value in Excel with an easy feature

Vlookup the last matching value in Excel with formulas

To vlookup and return the certain value you need, the vlookup function will be first in your mind, but, with the vlookup function you just return the first matching value not the last. Here, I will talk about some other formulas to deal with this task.

Please enter this formula into your specified cell and then drag the fill handle down to the cells to get the last corresponding value as follows:



1. If there is no data in the last matching cell, you will get a result of 0, but that is not your need, you want the last non-zero value, in this case, you should use the following formula: 


2. In the above formulas, A2:A12 indicates the column that you are looking for, E2 is the value which you want to return its relative information and C2:C12 is the list that contains the value you want to return.

3. The value you are looking for is not case sensitive.

Vlookup the last matching value in Excel with an easy feature

If you have Kutools for Excel, with its LOOKUP from Bottom to Top feature, you can quickly solve this task no longer need to remembering any formula.

Tips:To apply this LOOKUP from Bottom to Top feature, firstly, you should download the Kutools for Excel, and then apply the feature quickly and easily.

After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as this:

1. Click Kutools > Super LOOKUP > LOOKUP from Bottom to Top, see screenshot:

2. In the LOOKUP from Bottom to Top dialog box, please do the following operations:

  • Select the lookup value cells and output cells from the Lookup values and Output Range section;
  • Then, specify the corresponding items from the Data range section.

3. Then, click OK button, all the last matching items have been returned at once, see screenshot:

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    esme · 1 years ago
    May I ask How to Find the Last Match in a Range with a Wildcard? Thank you very much.
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    Alaa · 3 years ago
    Thank you for the formula its genius
    I used your formula to come up with a fix for the blank cells without using CSE (Ctrl + Shift + Enter)
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    Mayank Channa · 3 years ago
    In the above formula "=LOOKUP(9.99999999999999E+307,IF(A2:A12=D2,IF(ISNUMBER(B2:B12),B2:B12)))" why that "9.99999999999999E+307" has been taken in this?
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    Megan · 3 years ago
    Is there any way to combine this with TEXT values, which are in another sheet?
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    Mike Jones · 4 years ago
    Thanks, this is brilliant
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    Magil · 4 years ago
    Oh. My God. How that. Impressed.. :)
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    Bes · 4 years ago
    I would also like to know why "2" and what "1/(A2:A9=D2)" is ?
    • To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished. · 4 years ago
      Actually, I tried to understand and this is what I understand,

      1. (A2:A9=D2) will return an array of true/false values depending on D2 value
      2. The author divide one by the array of true/false to convert them to numbers
      3. Then he lookup for 2 in the array which will return the last value. After I understood this, i was able to simplify the formula to the following which will give the same results with no conversions tricks

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    SandyC · 4 years ago
    Really impressed with this. However I don't understand what the 2 represents. Seems it's relevant to an array/vector formula. Online help no use of course. :-)
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    Biswajit Malakar · 4 years ago
    Why we have written 1/(A2:A9=D2), can someone please explain?
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    Glenn · 5 years ago
    This was really helpful! Thank you!