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How to look for a value in a list in Excel?

Supposing you have a range of data as below screenshot shown, and you want to look up orange from Fruit column and then return its corresponding price in Price column, how can you quickly find it out in Excel?

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Look for a value in a list with formula

Look for a value in a list with Kutools for Excel

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To look up a value in a list, you can use the formulas.

Select a blank cell you want to put the result, and type this formula =INDEX(A2:C7,MATCH("Orange",A2:A7,0),2) into it, and press Enter key.

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1. In the above formula, A2:C7 is the data range, Orange is the value you want to lookup, A2:A7 is the column you look up, 2 indicates to return corresponding value in the second column of the range. You can change them as you need.

2. You also can use this formula =OFFSET(A1,MATCH("Orange",A2:A7, 0),2) to lookup a value and return corresponding value in other column. In this formula, A1 is the first cell of your data range, and A2:A7 is the range containing lookup value, and 2 indicate to find corresponding value in the third column.

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If you do not like to remember the complex formulas, you can freely install Kutools for Excel, and find Look for a value in list utility from its powerful Formulas group, which can help you quickly find a value and return the corresponding value in another list.

Kutools for Excel, with more than 300 handy functions, makes your jobs more easier. 

After free installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:

1. Select a cell to put the result, and click Kutools > Formula Helper > Lookup & ReferenceLook for a value in list. See screenshot:

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2. In the popping Formula Helper dialog, click to select all the data range into Table_array, select the look up value into Look_value, and then select the column range you want to return to Column. See screenshot:

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3. Click Ok. Now the corresponding value is placed in the cell you select in step 1.

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1. The look up value only can be in the first column of the data range.

2. In Formulas group, you can calculate age based on birthday, sum the absolute value of a range, or sum all numbers in a single cell, and so on.

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Thank you, the exact formula I needed. You are a life saver.
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