In this article, I will show you how to use Excel to lookup for partial text match. For this, we can use **VLOOKUP** or **INDEX MATCH** functions combo.

In the following image, you are seeing some company names, their origin country, and market category. We want to return full company name using a partial match of the name.

Say, if we look up with **Diamond**, we want that full company name **“Aber Diamond Ltd.”** will return. Or if we search with **Abbey, **we want **“Abbey National plc”** will be returned.

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## Excel lookup partial text match (using VLOOKUP)

In cell G3, we use this formula: **=VLOOKUP(“*”&F3&”*”,company,1,0)**

And then copy paste the formula for other cells in the column. And this is what we get.

**How does this formula work?**

This is a very simple formula. Only the complex part of this formula is this part: **“*”&F3&”*”**

If we use the value of cell **F3** as the replacement, it will look like **“*Diamond*”**.

This character (*****) is actually Excel’s wildcard character and it is replaced by any characters.

So, this text **“*Diamond*” **means: it is any text that has **Diamond**, also having any characters before and after **Diamond**.

We are using **“*Diamond*” **as **VLOOKUP** function’s **lookup_value**. So, VLOOKUP will search for any text in the **lookup_array** that contains **Diamond** text.

I hope this explanation clears the idea how this formula actually works.

## Excel lookup partial text match (using INDEX Match combo)

This time, we shall use this formula in cell **G3: =INDEX($B$3:$B$21,MATCH(“*”&F3&”*”,$B$3:$B$21,0))**

And we get the same results when copy and paste the formula for other cells in the column.

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These are my two ways of using Excel to lookup partial text match. If you know any other technique to do this, let me know in the comment box.

Thanks Sir,

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Thanks for your feedback.

Fantastic, very simple, congratulations

This is great! But how can I get multiple result on 1 lookup value?

As always great material! Clear, concise, easy to understand (Even Excel Novice Can Follow KA’s Simple Lesson Examples, to grasp concepts) Need I say more!