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How to vlookup between two dates and return corresponding value in Excel?


Supposing you have a report of some projects schedule, now, you want to get the specific project of a given time which is between two given dates of the schedule. Take the following screenshot data for example, I would like to look up the given date 8/13/2015, if this date falls between the start dates and end dates within the report, then return its corresponding project name. This article, I will introduce you the LOOKUP function to deal with this problem.

Vlookup between two dates and return corresponding value with LOOKUP formula

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To get the relative value which date falls between two dates, the below Lookup formula may help you. Please do as this:

Enter this formula into a blank cell where you want to place the result: =LOOKUP(2,1/($A$2:$A$7<=F1)/($B$2:$B$7>=F1),$C$2:$C$7), (A2:A7 is the range of start dates and B2:B7 is the end date range in your report, the F1 is the given date which you want to get its corresponding value.), and then press Enter key to get the result you need. See screenshot:


Note: If the date doesn’t exist, you will get an error value after typing this formula.

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    Ann · 1 years ago

    pls. explain how the formula works. Why use "2" as lookup values and "1/" in lookup vector?
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    Niher · 2 years ago
    How to solve the following problem
    Date Range 50000 100000 200000
    01/07/2010 30/06/2011 460 920 1840
    01/07/2011 29/02/2012 502 1005 2011
    01/03/2012 22/05/2015 560 1120 2241
    23/05/2015 16/05/2017 480 960 1920

    I want investment return of $100000 for the date 03/04/2013. What will be the formula?
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    Fayley · 2 years ago
    Can you explain why this works? What is the 2,1 for?
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    digvijay · 2 years ago
    sir how this formula work,pls get me step by step
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      Manuelle · 2 years ago
      Yes, Why 2,1/

      In fact I need to Vlook up a date in a range of dates like bellow, but th formula doesn't work #REF ! I don't know why..
      2010-04-01 2010-10-31 À date P-6
      2011-04-01 2011-10-31 À date P-5
      2012-04-01 2012-10-31 À date P-4
      2013-04-01 2013-10-31 À date P-3
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    NT · 2 years ago
    When try with this in F2 =Lookup(F1,$A$2:$B$7,$C$2:$C$7) got the similar result. Can you pl explain the difference and why 2 been used as lookup value.
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      ryan · 1 years ago
      I think it's because that's the number of lookup factors you have. I tried it with three factors and I used 3 as the lookup value. I'm not sure exactly, but I think by putting "3" and then using the "/" to separate the lookup vectors you tell Excel to search for the three following inputs to return the output.