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How to vlookup matching value from bottom to top in Excel?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2020-05-26

Normally, the Vlookup function can help you to find the data from top to bottom to get the first matching value from the list. But, sometimes, you need to vlookup from bottom to top to extract the last corresponding value. Do you have any good ideas to deal with this task in Excel?

Vlookup the last matching value from bottom to top with formula

Vlookup the last matching value from bottom to top with a useful feature

Vlookup the last matching value from bottom to top with formula

To vlookup matching value from bottom to top, the following LOOKUP formula can help you, please do as follows:

Please enter the below formula into a blank cell where you want to get the result:


Then drag the fill handle down to the cells that you want to get the results, the last corresponding values will be returned at once, see screenshot:

Note: In the above formula: A2:A17 indicates the column that you are looking for, D2 is the criteria which you want to return its relative data and B2:B17 is the list that contains the value you want to return.

Vlookup the last matching value from bottom to top with a useful feature

If you have Kutools for Excel, with its LOOKUP from Bottom to Top feature, you can also solve this task without remembering any formula.

Tips:To apply this LOOKUP from Bottom to Top feature, firstly, you should download the Kutools for Excel, and then apply the feature quickly and easily.

After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as this:

1. Click Kutools > Super LOOKUP > LOOKUP from Bottom to Top, see screenshot:

2. In the LOOKUP from Bottom to Top dialog box, do the following operations:

  • Select the lookup value cells and output cells from the Lookup values and Output Range section;
  • Then, specify the corresponding items from the Data range section.

3. Then, click OK button, all the last matching values will be returned at once, see screenshot:

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An update to this old post for anyone searching like I was ;-)

I was looking for the same functionality. Ended up using XLOOKUP which allows you to set a search mode for "last to first".

This was in Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise.

Hope it helps someone in the future.

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Excellent solution using the LOOKUP function, exactly what I was looking for!
I would like to add that with the hope it would help anyone who needed a similar solution to what I was looking for. If you want to return the row number of the matching value (not within the range, but rather within the entire column), you should use the following format by adding in the ROW function:=LOOKUP(2,1/($A$2:$A$17=D2),ROW($A$2:$A$17))
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Hi All,
Are there any other ways to do this? While it works it is extremely resource intensive for large data sets.

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The actual value of the "2" is irrelevant, it could be any number greater than 1 and less than infinity.

I believe the second term i.e. "1/($A$2:$A$19=D2)" creates an array by evaluating each cell in the range and if it is equal to D2 (a boolean test) it equates this to 1/TRUE, which as TRUE is 1 => 1. If it doesn't equal D2 it equates this to 1/FALSE, which as FALSE is 0 => infinity or Not a Number.

LOOKUP then takes over and searches for 2 in this array, which of course it can't find as they are either 1 or infinity.

If LOOKUP can't find a match it matches the highest number that is less than or equal to 2. Which is 1.

I'm not quite sure why this turns out to be the last occurrence of 1 though. Maybe LOOKUP (unlike VLOOKUP) always searches upwards?
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I do not understand either why this picks the last occurrence of 1. It works, but WHY??!!

(Thanks, anyway!)
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Hi Please can you explain this formula "=LOOKUP(2,1/($A$2:$A$19=D2),$B$2:$B$19)". It's worked for what I want to acheive very well, but I do not completely understand how. When typed into Excel, it shows that "2" is the lookup value, but we are actually looking up "D2" in this formula. Also what is "1/" doing on the lookup vector? Please could you break this formula down to explain how it works? Thanks
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