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How to vlookup value and return true or false / yes or no in Excel?

To vlookup values in a list, and display True / False or Yes / No for the result. In this article, you will learn how to vlookup and return true or false / yes or no in Excel.

Vlookup and return true or false / yes or no in Excel


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arrow blue right bubble Vlookup and return true or false / yes or no in Excel

Supposing you have a list of data in range A2:A11 as shown in following screenshot. To search the Column A according to the data in Column D and display the result True or false / Yes or No in Column B. For axample, if the Column A constains the same value of Column D, the vlookup formula will disaply Yes or True in Column B.

1. Select cell B2, copy and paste formula =IF(ISNA(VLOOKUP(A2,$D$2:$D$185,1,FALSE)), "No", "Yes") into the Formula Bar, then press the Enter key. See screenshot:

2. Drag the Fill Handle down to the range you need to vlookup and return yes or no. For the Yes result, it means that the Vlookup value exists in the adjacent cell in column A. If it returns No, the vlookup value doesn’t exist.

Note: For returning True or False, please replace the “Yes” and “No” in the formula with “True” and “False”: =IF(ISNA(VLOOKUP(A2,$D$2:$D$185,1,FALSE)), "False", "True").

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    Auwal Abubakar Muhammad · 1 years ago
    Hello there,
    Kindly help me with function/command that will arrange same vaue in the two columns given below:
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    Satir · 3 years ago
    I need help using vlookup with if function for yes or no but this time the result we be as value not as Yes / NO or True or False, the oppsite of the above example.
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      Bailey · 3 years ago
      Satir, late message but I just did the exact job that you are tasked with.

      Original Version
      =IF(ISNA(VLOOKUP(A2,$D$2:$D$185,1,FALSE)), "False", "True").

      My Version:
      =IF(A2="","",(IF(ISNA(HLOOKUP(A2,'1. Round One'!$C$2:$Q$2,1,FALSE)),"",'1. Round One'!$H$5&" "&'1. Round One'!$H$6&" "&'1. Round One'!$H$7)))

      The difference is mine will return 3 values that are related to the value I just looked up.. aswell as it wont display anything unless the value was found.. to simply it for your use, ive provided one below.


      =IF(ISNA(VLOOKUP(A2,$D$2:$D$185,1,FALSE)), "B1", "B2").
      [b](B1 AND B2 BEING THE CELLS WITH VALUES YOU WANT IT TO DISPLAY INSTEAD OF YES/NO)[/b]
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        daus munshi · 3 months ago
        I got the simpler one, use this ,, =IFERROR(VLOOKUP(A2,$D$2:$D$185,1,FALSE)),"Not available"
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    Satir · 3 years ago
    can i use Yes / NO in vlookup to return a result to number or value. all the exmple gives result of Yes / NO or True/ False i need oppsite to it.