# How to Use Implicit Intersection Operator in Excel (4 Examples)

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Sometimes you may need to use an implicit intersection operator in Excel. In this article, I will show you how, and where to use an implicit intersection (@) operator in Excel.
However, if you are a user of the Microsoft 365 version of Excel, then most of the time you mayn’t need to use the @ operator. Now, let’s know the details about this @ operator.
Below, I have attached a screenshot as an overview of the article, representing the applications of the implicit intersection operator in Excel. You’ll learn more about the usage of the @ operator properly in the following sections of this article. ## What Is an Implicit Intersection Operator?

Suppose you have a range of data. Now, if you use the implicit intersection operator (@) in any formula for that entire range still it will give the value for a particular single cell. So, the @ operator decreases the output of a range into one single output for a cell.

## 4 Examples of Using Implicit Intersection Operator in Excel

Here, I will demonstrate 4 suitable and simple examples with detailed steps on how to use the implicit intersection operator in Excel. For your better understanding, I am going to use the following dataset. Which contains three columns. Those are Student ID, Math, and English. The dataset is given below. ### 1. Applying Implicit Intersection Operator in Functions

Here, I will show you the application of the @ operator in functions. Actually, there are some functions where you must use the implicit intersection operator, even in Excel 365 version too. Moreover, if you don’t use the @ operator then you will get a warning for using it.
On the other hand, some functions don’t support the implicit intersection operator.

#### 1.1 Use of VLOOKUP Function with Implicit Intersection Operator

Now, I will show you the utilization of the VLOOKUP function in the case of an implicit intersection operator. When you use an entire column in this VLOOKUP function then there is a chance to be of Spill Error. Thus, you should use the @ operator which will reduce the output for a single cell.
Now, for your understanding see the following example.

Suppose you want to find out the marks of English for each student in a new column named English (column G). Steps:

• First, write the following formula in the G5 cell.
`=VLOOKUP(F:F,B:D,3,0)` 🔎 Formula Breakdown:

• Here, F:F (entire F column) is the lookup_value.
• Then, B:D is the table_array from where the VLOOKUP function will search for values.
• 3 is the Column_Index number. Which means it will return the marks from the English column.
• 0 denotes the exact_match.
• Then, press ENTER.

After pressing ENTER, you will get a notice from Microsoft Excel where the Excel will suggest you use the implicit intersection operator.

• Then, press the Yes button to accept Microsoft Excel’s suggestion. As a result, you see the English mark of Student ID 1612010. So, the modified formula is:

`=VLOOKUP(@F:F,B:D,3,0)` • Now, drag the Fill Handle icon to paste the used formula respectively to the other cells of the column and you will get the marks for all students. #### 1.2 Implicit Intersection Operator with INDEX Function

Now, for the previous example, I will use the INDEX function with the implicit intersection operator, and let’s see what happens.

Steps:

• First, write the following formula in the G5 cell.
`=@INDEX(B5:D12,1,3)` 🔎 Formula Breakdown:

• Here, B5:D12 is the reference_array from where the INDEX function will return values.
• Then, 1 is the row_number. Which means it will return the value from the 1st row of the given array.
• 3 is the column_number. Which means it will return the value from the English column.
• After pressing ENTER, you will see the following suggestion from Microsoft Excel where the Excel will suggest you remove the implicit intersection operator.
• Then, press the Yes button to accept Microsoft Excel’s suggestion. Lastly, you will get marks in English for ID 1612010. • Then, drag the Fill Handle icon to paste the used formula respectively to the other cells of the column and you will get the marks for all students. ### 2. Using Implicit Intersection Operator in Generic Formula

Here, I will show you a simple generic formula and the behavior of the implicit intersection operator.

Suppose you want to find out the total marks for all the students.

• So, I will use the simple formula in the E5 cell.
`=C5:C12+D5:D12`
• Subsequently, press ENTER, and you will get the total marks for all the students in one click. • Now, let’s use the implicit intersection operator in the J5 cell.
`=@\$H\$5:\$H\$12+@\$I\$5:\$I\$12`
• Then, press ENTER, and you will get the total marks of only one student.

Here, in this formula, I have added two ranges but still, it returns single output using an @ operator. Additionally, the dollar sign (\$) will fix the cell’s position. • After that, drag the Fill Handle icon to paste the used formula respectively to the other cells of the column and you will see all the student’s total marks. ### 3. Employing Implicit Intersection Operator in Table

The most important use of implicit intersection operator is, in Excel Table. Basically, with the help of this @ sign, you can call not only any column of the table but also the entire table.
Now, let’s have the following Excel table named Table_Marks, which has those three columns Student ID, Math, and English.
At this moment, I want to know the remarks based on the Math marks of every student in the Status column. • So, I will use the IF function to find out the status based on marks in Math. Here, after writing “=IF(@ta” you will get some options including the Table_Marks. • Now, write the corresponding formula in the F5 cell.
`=IF(Table_Marks[@Math]>40,"Pass","Fail")`

Here, you can’t use the @ sign twice to call the table and the particular column. • Consequently, press ENTER to get the status.

🔎 Formula Breakdown:

• Firstly, the IF function will return an output of a given logical test. Which is whether the marks in the Math column are greater than 40 or not. Here, Table_Marks[@Math] is mentioned as the column of Math of Table_Marks. 3rd bracket secures the name of the column header.
• Secondly, “Pass” —> when the logical test will be TRUE then it will return Pass. Basically, an Inverted Comma is a must for getting a text as the output.
• Thirdly, “Fail”  —> denotes that when the logic fails then it will return Fail. • After that, drag the Fill Handle icon to paste the used formula respectively to the other cells of the column and you will get the status for all students. ### 4. Use of Implicit Intersection Operator for Calling a Range

Another important use of the implicit intersection operator is for mentioning a range. To do so, I need to give a name of that certain range. Now, let’s see the steps below.

Steps:

• First, select all the data of a column and then write a name in the Functions box.
• Then, press ENTER. Here, I have named the data having marks of math as Math. • Then, you can mention the whole range for your formula like the following one.
`=IF(@Math>40,"Pass","Fail")`
• Subsequently, press ENTER.

Here, for the use of an @ operator, you will get a single output, like only the status for the particular ID 1612010. 🔎 Formula Breakdown:

• Firstly, the IF function will return an output of the given logical test. Which is whether the marks of the data range named Math are greater than 40 or not. Here, @ is used to call the data range.
• Secondly, “Pass” —> when the logical test will be TRUE then it will return Pass. Basically, an Inverted Comma is a must for getting a text as the output.
• Thirdly, “Fail”  —> denotes that when the logic fails then it will return Fail.
• After dragging the Fill Handle icon, you will get all the statuses. • On the other hand, if you don’t use the @ operator here, then you will find all the statuses at one press of the ENTER button. ## How to Use Intersect Operator in Excel

There is another operator in Excel, named intersect operator. Actually, this is a single space that works as intersect operator. Now, for the below screenshot. Where I have chosen the C column then keep a space and choose the 5th row. As a result, it will return the value, where the column intersects the row.

• So, the formula becomes:
`=C4:C12 B5:D5` • After pressing ENTER, you will get the following value. ## Practice Section

Now, you can practice the explained methods by yourself. ## Related Articles Musiha Mahfuza Mukta

I am Musiha, graduated from Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Dept., BUET, currently residing in Dhaka, Bangladesh. And my passion is to grow up my skillsets with industry demands.

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