How to look up a value and return the cell above or below in Excel?

Author: SunLast Modified: 2020-04-30

In Excel, we use VLOOKUP function to find a specific value from a range data, but do you know how to look up a value and then return its above or below values? Actually, you can use INDEX function to handle it.

Look up a value and return the cell above or below

Look up a value and return cell above

Select a blank cell that you want to place the return value, and type this formula =INDEX(A1:A8,MATCH(D1,A1:A8,0)-1,1), press Enter key to return the value. See screenshot:

Look up a value and return cell below

Select a blank cell that you want to place the return value, and type this formula =INDEX(A1:A8,MATCH(D1,A1:A8,0)+1,1), press Enter key to get the result. See screenshot:

Note: in the formulas, the first A1:A8 is the range where you look up for value, and the second A1:A8 is the range where you want to look up for the criterion, D1 is the value you look up, 1 indicate the column number you want to return.

If you want to look up for a value and return below and the 3 cells to the right of the reference, you can apply this formula =INDEX(F1:H8,MATCH(K1,F1:F8,0)+1,3).

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Hi, I need help with this excel formula. I want to the display largest values with their corresponding names, i have 3 names with the same name value but my formula returns only 1 name for all the 3 values. =INDEX(Client,MATCH(L6,Month,0)).

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Hi there... what formula can I use to say .. if the sum of a formula in a cell is greater than a number then return the amount greater than 48 in the cell below?

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Hi, Cindy, I do not know how your data display. Here I have a formula =INDEX(G1:G6,MATCH(IF(I1>100,MIN(IF(G1:G6>K1,G1:G6))),G1:G6,0)+1,1) which use for this example:
In G1:G6, it lists some products and prices, in I1 is the sum of a formula, in K1 type 48 into it. Then suppose that if the sum is greater than 100, it will show the cell contents below the value that greater than 48 of list G1:G6. See screenshot:

If you just want to return the number which is greater than 48 when the sum is greater than 100， use formula =IF(I1>100,MIN(IF(G1:G6>K1,G1:G6)))

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Hi, i´m having the following issue, i m using the MIN function to retrieve the smallest value of a row but i m not able to retrieve the value of the cell next to the smallest

each of these values are in a cell and what i need is for ex: smallest value is 0.61 so i want to retrieve the cell right next to it 2443. im using Office 2010. thanks a lot

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Hi, Paulo, if all your data is in a row, and each of them in a single cell, you can try this formula: =INDIRECT(CELL("address",INDEX(A1:J1,MATCH(MIN(A1:J1),A1:J1,0)+1))), if your data is in to columns, such as:
0,82 690
0,92 721
0,61,2446
0,71 2443
114 2212
you can visit this tutorial How To VLOOKUP The Lowest Value And Return Adjacent Cell In Excel?, it will hel you.

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I can only get this formula to perform by putting the MATCH clause in additional parentheses so as to carry out the arithmetic function. Otherwise it returns a #VALUE error.

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I'm trying to figure out a way to bring a customer number (text field) by looking up the invoice number. See below. I want to go to another sheet and if cell equals 6491 then return customer number 007517 (text field), and if cell equals 6487 return 009897

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Hi, Brad Grimes, Excel VLOOKUP function can help you to quickly solve the job. Pleae visit this tutorial LOOKUP Values from Another Worksheet or Workbook, it provides examples to explain how to use the VLOOOKUP function.

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Anyone able to answer John Chapman's question from four years ago? I have similar challenge. My current formula is =COUNTIFS(G2:G16482,"<2",I2:I16482,F16490)
but I want to count the occurence of the value in cell F16490 in the row above for the range I2:I16482.

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Hello, This is useful for the row above or below but I would like to alternate the lookup sometimes +1 to +3 or - 1 to -3. Can I make one formula that uses an input cell reference so I can type in an offset?

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I have multiple rows with "Name" in the row just above the cell with a person's name in it. The formula works great for just one name but I have a few thousand names. How do I convert the formula so it will find each name and bring them into a separate column?