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How to vlookup next largest value in Excel?


Have you ever noticed that when you apply the VLOOKUP function to extract the approximate matched value by using this formula: =VLOOKUP(D2,A2:B8,2,TRUE), you will get the value less than the lookup value. However, in certain situations, you might need to find the next largest record. Look at the following example, I want to look up the corresponding date of quantity 954, now, I want it to return the date which has the higher value than 954 in the VLOOKUP, so Oct rather than Sep. In this article, I can talk about how to lookup next largest value and return its relative data in Excel.

Vlookup the next largest value and return its corresponding data with formulas

Vlookup and return value in a list:

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To deal with this task, the following formulas may help you, please do as follows:

1. Please enter this array formula: =INDEX(B2:B13,MATCH(TRUE,A2:A13>D5,0)) into a blank cell where you want to put the result, see screenshot:


2. Then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together to get the correct result you need as follows:



1. Excepting the above array formula, here also is another normal formula: =INDEX(B2:B13,MATCH(D5,A2:A13)+(LOOKUP(D5,A2:A13)<>D5)), after typing this formula and just press Enter key to find the next largest value and return its corresponding value.

2. In the above formulas, B2:B13 is the data range that you want to extract the matched value, A2:A13 is the data range including the criterion that you want to lookup from , and D5 indicates the criteria you want to get its relative value of adjacent column, you can change them to your need.

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    Sheik · 4 days ago
    =INDEX(B2:B13,MATCH(D5,A2:A13)+(LOOKUP(D5,A2:A13)<>D5)) not working
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    DavidS · 3 years ago
    Thanks for this demo. It helped me out, and I can't believe Excel doesn't have an easier way to do this. The only thing I had to change was to add an "=" to : =INDEX(B2:B13,MATCH(TRUE,A2:A13>=D5,0))