**VLOOKUP** function is generally used to look for a value in the leftmost column in a table and the function will return a value in the same row from the specified column. In this article, you will get to learn how you can use this **VLOOKUP function** for **multiple criteria** in Excel with some suitable examples and illustrations.

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**6 Examples of Using VLOOKUP with Multiple Criteria in Excel**

**1. Using Ampersand to Join Multiple Criteria in VLOOKUP in Excel**

In the following dataset, there are some data of smartphone models of three popular brands. **Column B** represents a helper column which is the combination of the values alongside **Column C** and **Column D**.

As the **VLOOKUP **function looks for a value in the first column, we have to keep this helper column in first place in the following table. By using **Ampersand (&)**, the **VLOOKUP function** in this example will **look for a text value** in **Column B** which is the combination of a specified brand and its corresponding model number.

For example, we’re going to know the price of the **Samsung S21 Ultra**. So, here are two different criteria: the brand name and the model number of the smartphone. Now we’ll use the **VLOOKUP **function to extract the price of the specified smartphone.

In the output **Cell C18**, the required formula will be:

`=VLOOKUP(D15&D16,B5:G13,6,FALSE)`

After pressing **Enter**, you’ll be shown the price of the specified smartphone at once.

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**2. VLOOKUP with CHOOSE Function to Join Multiple Criteria in Excel**

If you don’t want to use a helper column to extract data with **VLOOKUP **under multiple criteria then you can combine **VLOOKUP with CHOOSE function** instead. The **CHOOSE **function chooses a value or action to perform from a list of values, based on its index number. The generic formula of this CHOOSE function is:

**=CHOOSE(index_num, value1, [value2],…)**

As we’re going to know the price of the Samsung S21 Ultra from the table, so the required formula in **Cell C18** will be:

`=VLOOKUP($D$15&$D$16,CHOOSE({1,2},$B$5:$B$13&$C$5:$C$13,$F$5:$F$13),2,FALSE)`

After pressing **Enter**, you’ll find the price of the mentioned smartphone model right away.

In this formula, **CHOOSE **function forms a table with **Columns B, C, and F**. As **Columns B** **and C** have been merged inside the **CHOOSE **function, they will represent a single column for the **VLOOKUP **function here.

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**3. VLOOKUP with MATCH Function to Include Multiple Criteria in Excel**

The **MATCH **function returns a relative position of an item in an array that matches a specified value in a specified order. By combining the **VLOOKUP **with the **MATCH **function here, we can specify the output types manually.

The required formula in **Cell C18** will be now:

`=VLOOKUP(D15&D16,B5:G13,MATCH(B18,B4:G4,0),FALSE)`

After pressing **Enter**, you’ll see the price of the specified smartphone model.

In this formula, the **MATCH **function looks for the value present in **Cell B18** in the array of **B4:G4** and then returns the column number. And this column number is then assigned to the third argument **(col_num_index)** of the **VLOOKUP **function.

So, now if you change the output type in **Cell B18**, the corresponding result in **Cell C18** will be updated at once. For example, if you type Chipset in **Cell B18**, the embedded formula in **Cell C18** will be shown the chipset name for the specified smartphone model.

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**4. Combining VLOOKUP with IF Function to Join Multiple Criteria**

There is another method to avoid a helper column while using the **VLOOKUP **function with multiple criteria in Excel. We have to use the **IF function** here to define the lookup array for the **VLOOKUP **function.

Since we’re using a similar dataset here, the required formula in **Cell C18** to pull out the price of the Samsung S21 Ultra will be:

`=VLOOKUP(D15, IF(C5:C13=D16, B5:F13, ""), 5, FALSE)`

Press **Enter **and the formula will return the price of the specified smartphone model instantly.

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**5. VLOOKUP Function with Multiple Criteria in Single Column in Excel**

In this section, we’ll see how the **VLOOKUP **function works by looking for multiple values in a single column. We have to input a range of cells in the first argument** (lookup_value) **of the VLOOKUP function here.

For example, we want to draw out two smartphone model numbers of Apple and Xiaomi brands. So, the required formula in the output **Cell C18** should be:

`=VLOOKUP(D15:D16,B5:F13,2,FALSE)`

After pressing **Enter**, you’ll get two model numbers of Apple and Xiaomi smartphones.

As the **VLOOKUP **function always extracts the first matched data, in this example, only the first model numbers of Apple and Xiaomi brands have appeared as return values.

**Read More:** **How to Use VLOOKUP with Multiple Criteria in Different Columns**

**6. Use of Drop-Down Lists as Multiple Criteria in VLOOKUP**

We can also create the **drop-down lists** for the **VLOOKUP **function. After creating the drop-down lists, you don’t have to input the criteria manually anymore. Rather, you’ll select the smartphone brand and model number from the drop-down lists and the VLOOKUP function will display the price for the corresponding smartphone model.

In the following dataset, we’ll now create two drop-down lists for smartphone brands and model numbers in **Cells D15 and D16** respectively.

**📌**** Step 1:**

➤ Select **Cell D15** first.

➤ Under the **Data** ribbon, choose the **Data Validation** option from the **Data Tools** drop-down.

A dialogue box will appear.

**📌**** Step 2:**

➤ In the **Allow **box, select the **List **option.

➤ Enable editing in the **Source **box and select the range of cells **B5:B13**.

➤ Press **OK**.

So, the first drop-down list for the smartphone brands is now ready to use.

**📌**** Step 3:**

➤ Similarly, you have to create another drop-down list for the smartphone model numbers. You have to select the range of cells **C5:C13** in the **Source **option of the **Data Validation** dialogue box here.

**📌**** Step 4:**

➤ Now in **Cell 18**, enter the following formula:

`=VLOOKUP(D15, IF(C5:C13=D16, B5:F13, ""), 5, FALSE)`

➤ From the drop-down list, choose a smartphone brand and its model number and you’ll be shown the price of the selected smartphone model.

Every time you select a new smartphone brand and its model from the drop-down lists, the output cell with the price will get updated.

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**Concluding Words**

I hope the examples described above will now help you to apply them in your Excel spreadsheets while using the VLOOKUP function with multiple criteria. If you have any questions or feedback, please let me know in the comment section. Or you can check out our other articles related to Excel functions on this website.

Can I use lookup to populate the cells of one spreadsheet with the information from another using two separate criteria(date and text). I’ve tried using Vlookup but I keep having issues with the date. Google sheets keep misinterpreting it.

Hello, TEMITOPE!

You have asked a nice thing. Using VLOOKUP with dates is a complex thing sometimes and may result in errors easily. In this regard, you need to use the TEXT function.

Suppose, you have 5 columns in your table. You want the fifth column value for the C16 text and C15 date value. The date column is in the C5:C13 cells. In this situation, you can use the following formula for using VLOOKUP with text and date.

`=VLOOKUP(C16,IF(TEXT(C5:C13,"mm/dd/yy")=TEXT(C15,"mm/dd/yy"), B5:F13, ""), 5, FALSE)`

Thank you for your query. We appreciate it so much.

Regards,

Tanjim Reza

Hello,

We have to lookup a percentage in a table, corresponding with a year.

Then we have then to multiply a value with this percentage.

We have to do this until the current year.

Can we use vlookup with a multiplication?

Hello, W BREKVELD!

Thank you for your query.

Yes, you can multiply a value with the looked-up percentage corresponding with a year. Just use the VLOOKUP function properly. Then write your desired multiplier in the formula bar before the used

VLOOKUP functionand then insert anasterisk (*)symbol.Thus, the value will be multiplied by the looked-up percentage. And, to do this until the current year, use your fill handle feature to copy the same formula.

Regards,

Tanjim Reza