## How to lookup partial string match in Excel?

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.

VLOOKUP partial string match in Excel

#### VLOOKUP partial string match in Excel

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:

Tip:

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 have a scenario to match two column values.

col1 col2
abc-1 abc
def xyz
xyz-1 def
tnt-1 mno
mno-1 tnt

so i would like match the column values partially(eliminate '-1' and match the remaining part).