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Excel DGET Function

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If you want to follow along with this tutorial, please download the example spreadsheet.
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The DGET function returns a single value in the given field of the database that matches the criteria.

Syntax and arguments

Formula syntax

DGET(database, field, criteria)


  • Database: Required, a range of cells that makes up the database including column labels.
  • Field: Required, tthe column which is used in the function. Can be directly type the column label enclosed with double quotation marks, such as “sale”, or a number that indicates the position of the column in the database, such as 1 for the first column.
  • Criteria: Required, a range that contains the criteria that you want to extract a single value based on. The range must include one column label and one cell below the column label at least.

Return Value

The DCOUNTA function returns a numeric value.


1. You should better not place the criteria below the database, otherwise, adding new information to database will be inconvenient.

2. If you want to count the number of all items in the column of the database, leave a blank row under column label in the criteria range.

3. There can be multiple rows in the criteria range, the criteria in each row are joined with OR logic, the criteria in the same row are joined with AND logic.

4. If there are more than one matched values, the formula returns error value #NUM!.
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5. The database and criteria must have matched column labels.

6. Supports wildcard in criteria, but it is not used as good as modern functions, please test carefully.

7. Default, the function is case insensitive.

8. If there is no matched value found, it returns error value #VALUE!.


Excel 2003 or later

Usage and Examples

Example basic usage

Supposing the database is in range B8:E16, the criteria are listed in range B4:E5, now to get the corresponding sale based on the criteria, please use the formula as this:

=DGET(B8:E16,4,B4:E5) //take the forth column in the database as field

=DGET(B8:E16,"sale",B4:E5) //field is the column named sale

Press Enter key to get the counted number.
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Relative Functions:

  • Excel DAVERAGE Function
    The Excel DAEVARAGE function returns the average of values in a field of records in a list or database that match the specific criteria.

  • Excel DCOUNTA Function
    The DCOUNTA function counts the cells that in a field of records in a databased which match the specified criteria.

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