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How to backwards vlookup in reverse order in Excel?

In general, the VLOOKUP function searches values from left to right in the array table, and it requires the lookup value staying in the left side of target value. But, sometimes you may know the target value and want to find out the lookup value in reverse. Therefore, you need to vlookup backwards in Excel. How to solve it? Take it easy! There are several ways to deal with this problem easily!

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Supposing you have a table as below screenshot shown. And now you know some fruit’s amount in the Column Amount, and you need to backwards vlookup and return the exact fruit name in the Column Fruit. Please follow below steps to get it done.

Enter the formula =VLOOKUP(G2,CHOOSE({1,2},D1:D24,A1:A24),2,0) into a blank cell, and press the Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys at the same time. And then you will get the exact fruit name. See screenshot:


(1) In above formula, G2 is the lookup value, D1:D24 is the column you will look for the lookup value in, A1:A24 is the column you will look for the target value.

(2) You can also apply the formula =INDEX(A2:A24,MATCH(G2,D2:D24,0),1) (A2:A24 is the column you will look for the target value, G2 is the lookup value, D2:D24 is the column you will look for the lookup value in.).

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