## How to vlookup find the first, 2nd or nth match value in Excel?

Supposing you have two columns with Products and quantities as below screenshot shown. For quickly finding out the quantities of the first or second banana, what would you do?

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#### **Vlookup find the first, 2nd or nth match value in Excel**

Please do as follows to find the first, 2nd or nth match value in Excel.

1. In cell D1, enter the criteria which you want to vlookup, here I enter Banana.

2. Here we will find the first match value of banana. Select a blank cell such as E2, copy and paste formula =INDEX($B$2:$B$6,MATCH(TRUE,EXACT($D$1,$A$2:$A$6),0)) into the Formula Bar, and then press **Ctrl** + **Shift** + **Enter** keys simultaneously.

**Note**: In this formula, $B$2:$B$6 is the range of the matching values; $A$2:$A$6 is the range with all the criteria for vlookup; $D$1 is the cell containing the specified vlookup criteria.

Then you will get the first match value of banana in cell E2. With this formula, you can only get the first corresponding value based on your criteria.

To get any nth relative values, you can apply the following formula: =INDEX($B$2:$B$6,SMALL(IF($D$1=$A$2:$A$6,ROW($A$2:$A$6)-ROW($A$2)+1),1)) + **Ctrl** + **Shift** + **Enter** keys together, this formula will return the first matched value.

**Notes**:

1. To find the second match value, please change the above formula to =INDEX($B$2:$B$6,SMALL(IF($D$1=$A$2:$A$6,ROW($A$2:$A$6)-ROW($A$2)+1),2)), and then press **Ctrl** + **Shift** + **Enter** keys simultaneously. See screenshot:

2. The last number in the above formula means the nth match value of the vlookup criteria. If you change it to 3, it will get the third match value, and change to n, the nth match value will be found out.

#### **Vlookup find the first match value in Excel with Kutools for Excel**

You can easily find the first match value in Excel without remembering formulas with the **Look for a value in list** formula formula of **Kutools for Excel**.

Before applying** Kutools for Excel**, please **download and install it firstly**.

1. Select a cell for locating the first matching value (says cell E2), and then click **Kutools** > **Formula Helper** > **Look for a value in list**. See screenshot:

2. In the** Formula Helper** dialog box:

1). In the **Table_array** box, select the table which contains the first matching value values.

2). Specify cell (cell D1) which contains the criteria you need to lookup in the **Look_value** box.

3). Select the column with the first matching value in the **Column** box, and finally click the **OK** button.

Now the corresponding cell value will be auto-populated in cell C10 based on drop-down list selection.

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