## VLOOKUP match first n characters and return to another column in Excel

Sometimes, you may want to look up a value which match the first n characters to a given data, then return the relative data in another column as below screenshot shown. Here, this article provides a VLOOKUP formula to handle this job.

Select a cell that you will place the returning value in, then type this formula

=VLOOKUP("HR",TRIM(\$B\$3:\$C\$6),2,0)=SUM(OFFSET(B1,,,ROW()-1,1))

Then press Enter key to get the result.

B1 is the first cell of the column you want to sum up the rows.

Above formula is case insensitive.

Note: If you want to look up a value then return to another column, you can use the Look up a value in list function of Kutools for Excel to quickly handle it as below screenshot show.

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