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Get value at given row and column

Author: Amanda Li Last Modified: 2021-11-19

If you need to find out the value at the intersection of a given row and column in Excel, you should make a good use of the combination of INDIRECT and ADDRESS functions.

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How to get value at given row and column?

To get cell content according to the given row and column as shown in the table above, the INDIRECT and ADDRESS functions will help you in this way: The ADDRESS function returns the address of the cell, or we say the cell reference, based on its row and column number. The INDIRECT function will then use the reference to return its content.

Generic syntax

=INDIRECT(ADDRESS(row_num,col_num))

  • row_num: A numeric value that indicates the row of the value.
  • col_num: A numeric value that indicates the column of the value.

To get cell content at the intersection of the 5th row and 2nd column in a worksheet, please copy or enter the formulas below in the cell F6, and press Enter to get the result:

=INDIRECT(ADDRESS(5,2))

Or, use cell references to make the formula dynamic:

=INDIRECT(ADDRESS(F4,F5))

get value at given row and column 2

Explanation of the formula

=INDIRECT(ADDRESS(F4,F5))

  • ADDRESS(F4,F5): The ADDRESS function returns the absolute cell address with the given row number 5 and column number 2 as text, $B$5.
  • INDIRECT(ADDRESS(F4,F5)) = INDIRECT($B$5): The INDIRECT function returns the value in the reference, Matt.

Related functions

Excel INDIRECT function

The Microsoft Excel INDIRECT function converts a text string to a valid reference.

Excel ADDRESS function

The ADDRESS function returns the cell address reference as text, based on the given column number and row number. For example, the formula =ADDRESS(1,1) returns $A$1. The ADDRESS function can return relative or absolute address, and, return in A1 or R1C1 style, also, the sheet name can be included in the result.


Related Formulas

VLOOKUP with dymanic sheet name

In many cases, you may need to collect data across multiple worksheets for summary. With the combination of the VLOOKUP function and the INDIRECT function, you can create a formula to lookup specific values across worksheets with dynamic sheet name.

Dynamic worksheet or workbook reference

Supposing you have data with the same format across multiple worksheets or workbooks and need to get data from these worksheets or workbooks dynamically into another sheet. The INDIRECT function can help you quickly get it done.


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