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Two-way lookup with INDEX and MATCH

Author: Amanda Li Last Modified: 2021-10-21

To search for something across both rows and columns in Excel, or we say to lookup a value at the intersection of the specific row and column, we can use the help of INDEX and MATCH functions.

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How to perform a two-way lookup with INDEX and MATCH?

To fill in the information about the sales made by Samantha during the month of July in the cell H7 as shown above, you can use the MATCH function twice to get the row (name) and column (month) numbers. The INDEX function will then retrieve the sales from the sales range based on the location numbers supplied by MATCH. (Note that the row number goes ahead of the column number in an INDEX formula.)

Generic syntax


  • return_range: The range where you want the combination formula to return the sales from. Here refers to the sales range.
  • lookup_vertical/horizontal_value: The value MATCH used to locate its row or column number. Here refers to the given month and name.
  • lookup_column/row_range: The range of cells where the lookup_vertical/horizontal_value is listed. Here refers to the month and name ranges.
  • match_type 0: Forces MATCH to find the first value that exactly equals to the lookup_value.

To find the sales made by Samantha during the month of July, please copy or enter the formula below in the cell H7, and press Enter to get the result:


Or, use a cell reference to make the formula dynamic:


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Explanation of the formula


  • MATCH(H4,B5:B10,0): The MATCH function finds the position of Samantha, the exact value in the cell H4, in the range B5:B10. So it will return 3 since Samantha is at the 3rd position of the list.
  • MATCH(H5,C4:E4,0): The MATCH function finds the position of July, the exact value in the cell H5, in the range C4:E4. So it will return 2 since July is at the 2nd position of the range.
  • INDEX(C5:E10,MATCH(H4,B5:B10,0),MATCH(H5,C4:E4,0)) = INDEX(C5:E10,3,2): The INDEX function retrieves the value at the intersection of the 3rd row and 2nd column in the sales range C5:E10, which is the value in the cell D7, $30,051.

Related functions

Excel INDEX function

The Excel INDEX function returns the displayed value based on a given position from a range or an array.

Excel MATCH function

The Excel MATCH function searches for a specific value in a range of cells, and returns the relative position of the value.

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Multiple-criteria lookup with INDEX and MATCH

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