For example, there is a range of data, and column E is the students’ name list, column F and G are the class and grade of the students, and column H is the ranking of the students’ scores, now you have a given name “Jack” which is the partial string of “Jacky”, how can you quickly lookup partial string match and return the ranking of the “Jacky” as below screenshot shown.
Here I have some formulas to help you lookup partial string match in Excel.
1. Select a blank cell to enter the partial string that you want to look up. See screenshot:
2. Select another cell which you will place the look up value at, and enter this formula =VLOOKUP($K$1&"*",$E$1:$H$14,4,FALSE), press Enter key to get to value. See screenshot:
1. In the formula, K1 is the cell containing the partial string, E1:H14 is the data range, 4 indicates to lookup value in the Forth column of the range. You can change them as you need.
2. If you just want to find which name is partial match the given name, you also can use this formula =INDEX($E$2:$E$14,MATCH($K$1&"*",E2:E14,0)). (E2:E14 is the column list you want to lookup from, k1 is the given name, you can change as you need.)
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I was wondering if there's a way to perform the VLOOKUP in the other way around, given that the lookup value may contain more characters than the return value. For example, in your example above, say you have Jacky as the lookup value and Jack in the list, and you want to return all similar names to Jacky. I have a list in which this case is present many times. My lookup value in the first list is a company called logitech europe s.a. and the name on the second list is simply logitech.