How to compare two columns and return values from the third column in Excel?

For example, I have the following two columns, column A is some projects, and column B is the corresponding names. And here, I have some random projects in column D, now, I want to return the corresponding names from column B based on the projects in column D. How could you compare the two columns A and D and return the relative values from column B in Excel?


Compare two columns and return value from third column with VLOOKUP function

The VLOOKUP function can help you to compare two columns and extract the corresponding values from the third column, please do as follows:

1. Enter any of the below two formulas into a blank cell besides the compared column, E2 for this instance:

=VLOOKUP(D3,$A$2:$B$16,2,FALSE)   (if the value not found, an #N/A error is displayed)
=IFERROR(VLOOKUP(D2,$A$2:$B$16,2,FALSE), "")    (if the value not found, an empty cell is displayed)

Note: In the above formulas: D2 is the criteria cell that you want to return the value based on, A2:A16 is the column including the criteria to be compared with, A2:B16 the data range that you want to use.

2. Then press Enter key to get the first corresponding value, and then select the formula cell and drag the fill handle down to the cells that you want to apply this formula, and all the corresponding values have been returned at once, see screenshot:


Compare two columns and return value from third column with INDEX and MATCH functions

In Excel, the INDEX and MATCH functions also can help you to solve this task, please do as follows:

1. Enter any of the below two formulas into a blank cell where you want to return the result:

=INDEX($B$2:$B$16, MATCH(D2,$A$2:$A$16,0))    (if the value not found, an #N/A error is displayed)
=IFERROR(INDEX($B$2:$B$16, MATCH(D2,$A$2:$A$16,0)), "")    (if the value not found, an empty cell is displayed)

Note: In the above formulas: D2 is the value which you want to return its relative information, A2:A16 is the list that contains the value you want to return, B2:B16 is the column that you are looking for.

2. Then press Enter key to get the first corresponding value, and then select the formula cell and copy to the rest cells you need, and all the corresponding values have been returned, see screenshot:


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Vlookup multiple columns and return the corresponding values with INDEX and MATCH functions

Sometimes, you may have a range of data which contains three columns, now you want to lookup on the table to match two criteria values, if both the two values matches, it will return the data from the third column C.

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To dea with this job, please apply the following formula:

=INDEX($C$2:$C$16,MATCH(E2&F2, $A$2:$A$16&$B$2:$B$16,0))

Note: In the above formulas: E2, F2 are the criteria cells that you want to return the value based on, C2:C16 is the column that contains the values you want to return, A2:A16, B2:B16 are the columns you are looking for.

Then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together to get the first result, see screenshot

And then copy and fill this array formual to other cells, and you will get the below result:


Compare two columns and return value form third column with a useful feature

Kutools for Excel’s Look for a value in list also can help you to return the corresponding data from another data range.

Note: To apply this Look for a value in list, 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 a cell where you want to put the matched result.

2. Then click Kutools > Formula Helper > Formula Helper, see screenshot:

3. In the Formulas Helper dialog box, please do the following operations:

  • In the Formula Type drop down list, please select Lookup option;
  • Then, select Look for a value in list option in the Choose a formula list box;
  • And then, in the Arguments input text boxes, select the data range, criteria cell and column you want to return matched value from separately.

4. Then click Ok, and the first matched data based on a specific value has been returned. You just need to drag the fill handle to apply this formula to other cells you need,see screenshot:

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More relative VLOOKUP articles:

  • Vlookup And Concatenate Multiple Corresponding Values
  • As we all known, the Vlookup function in Excel can help us to lookup a value and return the corresponding data in another column, but in general, it can only get the first relative value if there are multiple matching data. In this article, I will talk about how to vlookup and concatenate multiple corresponding values in only one cell or a vertical list.
  • Vlookup And Return The Last Matching Value
  • If you have a list of items which are repeated many times, and now, you just want to know the last matching value with your specified data. For example, I have the following data range, there are duplicate product names in column A but different names in column C, and I want to return the last matching item Cheryl of the product Apple.
  • Vlookup Values Across Multiple Worksheets
  • In excel, we can easily apply the vlookup function to return the matching values in a single table of a worksheet. But, have you ever considered that how to vlookup value across multiple worksheet? Supposing I have the following three worksheets with range of data, and now, I want to get part of the corresponding values based on the criteria from these three worksheets.
  • Vlookup And Return Multiple Values Vertically
  • Normally, you can use the Vlookup function to get the first corresponding value, but, sometimes, you want to return all matching records based on a specific criterion. This article, I will talk about how to vlookup and return all matching values vertically, horizontally or into one single cell.

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    pavan · 1 years ago
    what if i have repeated valued in d column i.e with same name Q!,Q2,Q3,Q4 now if i use your formula i get only Q1 value i need also the 2nd,3rd,4th,matches also
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    leighlevy@outlook.com · 1 years ago
    I want to compare 2 columns data on one sheet to a range on another sheet and return the data in the 3rd column from the 2nd sheet
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    A · 1 years ago
    I have 3 columns, A B C, i'd like to get the value of A where the value in Column C matches the value in column B is that possible?
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      skyyang · 1 years ago
      Hi, .
      Could you explain your problem more detailed, or you can insert a screenshot here?
      Thank you!
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        imcool.wasim786@gmail.com · 1 years ago
        i'm facing the same issue,can u provide any formula for this type of calculation,i want result in another column.
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          skyyang · 1 years ago
          Hi, guys,
          Could you give your problem more detailed, or, you can insert a screenshot here?
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        Sk Wasim · 1 years ago
        Can u help me plz, i'm facing the same issue?
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    Andrea · 2 years ago
    I am struggling with this and just get blanks returning.

    Want to say if cell Shhet1!ED1 matches a cell in column Sheet2!C:C then provide data for adjacent cell in Sheet2!A:A
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    tamara.leigh1985@gmail.com · 2 years ago
    Please could you assist me, I need to do an excel formula for a petty cash spreadsheet where it looks for an account number input in Col_C which must be looked for in a list of account numbers in Col_L and if FALSE needs to return the value input in COL_F

    Exampled below
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    Hamid · 2 years ago
    I have 3 excel columns which have values like this,
    Col_A Col_B Col_C
    ----- ----- -----
    400 600
    500 800
    400 300
    300 200
    700 900
    800 700
    500 100
    I want the values to be copied in Column C from Column B, which are not Mache with Column A values.
    I mean just copy the values from Column B, which are not available in Column A.
    Like below
    Col_C
    -----
    600
    200
    100
    Is there any excel formula using which I can achieve this?
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      skyyang · 2 years ago
      Hello, Hamid,

      May be the following article can help you:
      https://www.extendoffice.com/documents/excel/3041-excel-compare-two-columns-and-list-differences.html

      Please try it, thank you!
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        tamara.leigh1985@gmail.com · 2 years ago
        Hello Skyyang,


        Please can you assist me with my question on help with a formula above?
        Please could you assist me, I need to do an excel formula for a petty cash spreadsheet where it looks for an account number input in Col_C which must be looked for in a list of account numbers in Col_L and if FALSE needs to return the value input in COL_F
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    Hailey · 2 years ago
    I have a master list of film titles in a certain order that must stay in that order. I duplicate that list onto another spreadsheet in order to be able to manipulate it and it gets out of order because I need to group it according to what has been completed or not. On that duplicate list, I add ID numbers in the column next to the titles. After I have completed everything I need to do, I must add those ID numbers to the master list while keeping the title order on that master list. How can I match those IDs to the list without having to manually add them in the correct order?
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      skyyang · 2 years ago
      Hello, Hailey,

      May be the following formula may help you:

      =VLOOKUP(A2,new!$A$2:$B$13,2,FALSE)

      in the above formula, new is your duplicate sheet name, please replace it to your own.

      Please try it, hope it can help you!
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    Andreas · 2 years ago
    Hello Sir, and thanks for the formulas provided. Although I used the formula as should it gives me N/A, which as I can understand is because is not matching the criteria between Columns D and A as per your example. Now so you can have better understanding, in my workbook A2 is the criteria cell that you want to return the value based on, G1:G15359 is the column including the criteria to be compared with, A1:N15359 the data range that you want to use.

    The formula is: =IF(ISNA(MATCH(Sheet2!A2,Sheet3!$G$1:$G$15359,0)),"",VLOOKUP(Sheet2!A2,Sheet3!$A$1:$N$15359,7,FALSE))


    As you have noticed I am using data from two different sheets, although I don't think that this is where the real issue is, since when clicking on the NA error it indicates the Sheet2 A2 cell and the error given is: The cell currently being evaluated contains a constant. (I have checked and confirmed that the formats are set on general). Not sure if it's because the information text are emails or because in some cells there's nothing.


    Will be looking forward for your response.
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      skyyang · 2 years ago
      Hello, Andresa,

      I tried your formula and it works well in my excel workbook. Can you give an attachment or a screenshot, so that i can understand well.

      Thank you!
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    Jinojith Nair · 3 years ago
    I need to do a comparison and pull put data as below -

    Sheet 1 contain Column A & B, B is blank. Sheet 2 contains Column C & D.


    The entire Column C items in Sheet 2 to be compared with first row item in Column A and if any corresponding values/data are there in Column A, then Column B to be populated with data corresponding to the row item in Column D.

    Column C will have a single word. Column D may or may not have data in it. Column A will have more text.
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      skyyang · 3 years ago
      Hello,
      Could you give a detailed example for your problem?
      You can insert a screenshot or attachment.
      Thank you!
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    Ardi · 3 years ago
    I used this formula and it mostly worked but the data from the other sheet does not come on the same row to match the reference Criteria cell.


    Here's my formula. can you have a look at it and see if there's anything wrong

    =IF(ISNA(MATCH(DPU!C2,$A$2:$A$100,0)),"",VLOOKUP(DPU!C2,DPU!C2:AP100,2,FALSE))
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      skyyang · 3 years ago
      Hello, Ardi,
      If you want to vlookup from another worksheet, you should apply the following formula:
      =IF(ISNA(MATCH(A2,Sheet1!$A$2:$A$10,0)),"",VLOOKUP(A2,Sheet1!$A$2:$B$10,2,FALSE))

      Note: Sheet1 is the sheet contains the original data that you want to vlookup, and you should chaneg the cell references to your need.

      Please try it! Thank you!
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    Rahat Bappy · 3 years ago
    Great brother! My first formula is working. But 2nd formula not working. I tried many times. But i can't...
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    onika · 3 years ago
    wow, so great! good sharing thank you! it was so useful for me.
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    Kelly Okere · 3 years ago
    You just saved me months of stressful entries with this post. I'm so grateful!

    Thanks.
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    Dhaya · 3 years ago
    Thank you some much it was very useful. Need add info, what if we have duplicate value in Col B, how to return the value for that too.
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    VIJAY · 4 years ago
    GOOD KNOWLEDGE SHARING THANK YOU VERY MUCH