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Three easy ways to autofill VLOOKUP in Excel?

VLOOKUP function is useful in Excel, but when you drag the autofill handle to fill range with a VLOOKUP formula, there may appear some errors. Now this tutorial will tell you the correct way to auto fill VLOOKUP function in Excel.

Autofill VLOOKUP in Excel with absolute reference

Autofill VLOOKUP in Excel with range name

Autofill VLOOKUP in Excel with an advanced utility of Kutools for Excel

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Example

There is a table contains the grades and the relative marks, now you want to look up the grades in B2:B5 and return the relative marks in C2:C5 as below screenshot shown:
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Autofill VLOOKUP in Excel with absolute reference

Generally, you may use the VLOOKUP formula like this =VLOOKUP(B2,F2:G8,2) then you drag the auto fill handle to a range you need, you may get the wrong results as below screenshot shown:
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But if you use absolute reference instead of the relative reference in the table array part of the formula, the autofill results will be correct.

Type

=VLOOKUP(B2,$F$2:$G$8,2)

into the cell you need, and drag the auto fill handle to a range you need, you will get the correct results. See screenshot:
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Tip:

The syntax of the above VLOOKUP: VLOOKUP(lookup_value, table_array, col_index_num), here the B2 is the lookup value, the range $F$2:$G$8 is the table, 2 indicates to return value in the second column of the table.


LOOKUP Values across Multiple Worksheets

The VLOOKUP function is used usually in our Excel daily jobs, here the LOOKUP Across Multiple Sheets utility of Kutools for Excel, can lookup value in different sheets and workbooks, and return the relative values, also it supports to save the added data range as scenario for next time use.   Click for 30 days free trial!
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Autofill VLOOKUP In Excel With Range Name

Addition to using absolute reference in the formula, you also can use the range name to instead of the relative reference in the table array part of formula.

1. Select the table array range, then go to the Name box (beside the formula bar) and type Marks (or any name you want) and press the Enter key. See screenshot:
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Table array range is the range that contains the criteria you need to use in the VLOOKUP function.

2. In a cell type this formula

=VLOOKUP(B2,Marks,2)

then drag the auto fill handle to a range you need to apply this formula, and the results are correctly gotten.
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Autofill VLOOKUP in Excel with an advanced utility of Kutools for Excel

If the formula is troublesome for you, you can try the Super LOOKUP group of Kutools for Excel, which contains several advanced LOOKUP utilities, and all of them supports to auto fill VLOOKUP, you can find one to apply as you need. In this case, I take the LOOKUP Across Multiple Sheets utility as example.

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After free installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:

1. Click Kutools > Super LOOKUP > LOOKUP Across Multiple Sheets.
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2. In the LOOKUP Across Multiple Sheets dialog, please do as these:

1) Select the lookup range and output range.
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2) In the Data range section, click the Add button doc add button to add the data range you use to the list, you can specify the key column and return column while adding.
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3. After adding the data range, click OK, a dialog pops out to ask you if save the scenario, click Yes to give the scenario a name, click No to close. Now the VLOOKUP has been auto filled in the output range.
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Combine rows based on another column value in Excel

Here is a table which contains two columns, one is the student names, another is the grade letter.What the job is to combine the names based on the same grade letter. In Excel, there is no built-in function can quickly solve it, while Kutools for Excel's Advanced Combine Rows utility can do you a favor. You can combine rows based on a key column, also can calcualte rows based on column.   Click for 30 days free trial!
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    Rob · 2 years ago
    Thank you! The absolute reference vs relative reference bit is going to save me hours of work.

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