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## How to get or return column header based on specific row value in Excel?

In this tutorial, we will search for a specific value in rows of a data range, and then, return the corresponding column header of the matching row cell.

Get column header based on specific row value with formula

#### Get column header based on specific row value with formula

For getting the column header based on specific row value in Excel, the below formula can help you.

1. Select a blank cell to output the header, copy the below formula into it and press the Enter key to get the corresponding header.

=INDEX(\$C\$2:\$G\$2,SUMPRODUCT(MAX((\$C\$3:\$G\$6=I3)*(COLUMN(\$C\$3:\$G\$6))))-COLUMN(\$C\$2)+1)

Note: In the formula, \$C\$2:\$G\$2 is the header range, \$C\$3:\$G\$6 is the range contains the specific value in which you will searching for, I3 is the cell contain the criteria value you will match in range \$C\$3:\$G\$6, and \$C\$2 is the first column of range \$C\$3:\$G\$6. Please change them to your needs.

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Thank you for this. Very helpful :)
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ur welcome
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Hi. Awesome example. Any thoughts about if there are duplicate values?
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Hey, were you able to find an answer to this problem ?
The formula here presented is working great for me except this particular matter of having duplicated valuesIs there a way to only take into account the first true value the formula encounters?
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hey, i don't know if there is a way, but something that may be of help is the =Unique command, which counts only the unique data (not replicates of the same data) Hope this helped or what you were looking for :)
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Amazing. This is very helpful,I was wondering if the value matches more than one header, how to get all headers
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How to modify this formula to return specific value if there's no match?
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Hello, what if we have missing values ? why does it return the last header ?
Can it be arranged so we don't fill the cell with anything in case it's missing ?
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Hi Mono,
The following formula may help. If no condition is specified, the result will be displayed as null even if there are missing values in the original range.
=IF(I3="", "", INDEX(\$C\$2:\$G\$2,SUMPRODUCT(MAX((\$C\$3:\$G\$6=I3)*(COLUMN(\$C\$3:\$G\$6))))-COLUMN(\$C\$2)+1))
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Hello,
If we have multiple I3 values will it give the second header which has the same value.
If there is anything to do so, please let me know.
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Hi Deepak,
Can you attach a screenshot to describe the problem you encountered more clearly?
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So say that there will be entries where the values in I3 may not be found, for all of those cells it tries to output every column header in the range giving me a #ref error since it my sheet isnt long enough to accommodate all the titles again, is there any way for it to just output a blank cell in these cases?
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Hi Jerry,
The following formula can do you a favor. Please give it a try.
=IFERROR(INDEX(\$C\$2:\$G\$2,SUMPRODUCT(MAX((\$C\$3:\$G\$6=I3)*(COLUMN(\$C\$3:\$G\$6))))-COLUMN(\$C\$2)+1),"")
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Muchas gracias por todo!!
Una pregunta: ¿Cómo puedo regresar los encabezados de una tabla en una misma celda?
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Hi Algendar,
Do you mean to search for multiple values and return matching headers in a single cell? If so, simply join the same formula containing different search values in one cell with the Ampersand symbol (&). See the screenshot below.
=INDEX(\$C\$2:\$G\$2,SUMPRODUCT(MAX((\$C\$3:\$G\$6=I3)*(COLUMN(\$C\$3:\$G\$6))))-COLUMN(\$C\$2)+1) & " " & INDEX(\$C\$2:\$G\$2,SUMPRODUCT(MAX((\$C\$3:\$G\$6=I4)*(COLUMN(\$C\$3:\$G\$6))))-COLUMN(\$C\$2)+1)
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