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How to highlight approximate match lookup in Excel?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2022-08-31

In Excel, we can use the Vlookup function to get the approximate matched value quickly and easily. But, have you ever tried to get the approximate match based on row and column data and highlight the approximate match from the original data range as below screenshot shown? This article will talk about how to solve this task in Excel.

Highlight approximate match lookup with conditional Formatting

For getting the approximate matching value, you should arrange your data in ascending order as below screenshot shown:

1. To get the approximate match value based on the row and column, please enter the following formula in a blank cell K4:


2. Then, select the data range (here, A2:H9) from where you want to highlight the approximate matched value, and then click Home > Conditional Formatting > New Rule, see screenshot:

3. In the opened New Formatting Rule dialog box:

  • Click Use a formula to determine which cells to format from the Select a Rule Type list box;
  • Type this formula: =OR($A2=LOOKUP($K$2,$A$3:$A$9),A$2=LOOKUP($K$3,$B$2:$H$2)) into the Format values where this formula is true textbox;
  • And then, click Format button.
Note: In the above formula, A2 is the first cell of the data range, K2 is the specific value of Width range, A3:A9 is the Width column, K3 refers the specific value of Height range, B2:H2 is the Height row. Please change them to your need.

4. In the following Format Cells dialog box, under the Fill tab, choose one color you like to highlight the matched value with, see screenshot:

5. Then, click OK > OK buttons to close the dialogs, and now, the row and column of the approximate matched value are highlighted as below screenshot shown:

Tips: If you just want to highlight the cell of intersection only, please apply this formula into the Conditional Formatting: =AND($A2=LOOKUP($K$2,$A$3:$A$9),A$2=LOOKUP($K$3,$B$2:$H$2)).

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