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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.


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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    sam · 9 months ago
    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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    Sam · 1 years ago
    Hi. Awesome example. Any thoughts about if there are duplicate values?
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    Jim · 1 years ago
    Thank you for this. Very helpful :)