How to Find Value in Range in Excel (3 Quick Methods)

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Circumstances may demand you to find value from a range. Finding, and retrieving are common operations in Excel. Today we will show you how to find value in a range in Excel with 3 Quick methods. Later, also learn to find and return value in a range as well.

How to Find Value in Range in Excel: 3 Quick Methods

First things first, let’s get to know about the dataset which is the base of our examples. Here, we have a table that contains several actors from different film industries with one of their popular movies.

Excel Find Value in Range

Using this dataset we will find a value in a range of values.

1. Use MATCH Function to Find Value in Range

If you want to produce a result that allows all to understand whether the value is present or not in the range, then the combination of the IF, MATCH and ISNUMBER functions is going to help. Let’s see how it works.

  • First, add two fields Find Value and Result beside the table.
  • Then, insert your required value in Cell G4.

Use MATCH Function to Find Value in Range

  • Now, insert this formula in Cell G5.
=IF(ISNUMBER(MATCH(G4,C5:C12,0)),"Found","Not Found")

Use MATCH Function to Find Value in Range

  • Following this, press Enter.
  • As a result, you will see the output as Found because the finding value is preset in the dataset.

Here, the MATCH function checks whether the value is present in the Cell range C5:C12.  When it doesn’t get the character within the string it returns #N/A error. Alongside this, the ISNUMBER function checks if the value in Cell G4 is numeric or not. Lastly, the IF function makes a comparative statement among them.
  • If we search for a value that is not in the range, the formula will return Not Found.

  • If getting the position for the search value is your goal, then you can apply this formula.

Here, we have set Cell G4 as the lookup_value in the MATCH function. Then C5:C12 is the range and 0 for the exact match. As a result, you can see Brad Pitt is the 2nd in our table, and the formula returned that number. So, we have found the value in the range.

2. Combine IF & COUNTIF Functions to Search Value in Range

We can use the statistical function COUNTIF to find value in the range. The COUNTIF function counts the number of cells from a range that matches a given condition. The description may raise doubt in your mind that getting the number of cells is not our aim rather find the value in the range. No worries! We will find the value and the COUNTIF function will play the pivotal role. We also need help from the IF function though.

  • To find the value, type this formula in Cell G5.
=IF(COUNTIF(C5:C12,G4)>0,"Found","Not Found")

Combine IF & COUNTIF Functions to Find Value

  • Therefore, press Enter and you will get the result.

In this formula, within COUNTIF(C5:C12,G4)>0, C5:C12 is the range and G4 is the value to find. As we know the COUNTIF function counts cells based on criteria, so it will count the cells from the C5:C12 range based on G4. If it finds the value, the result will be greater than 0. If the value is greater than 0, it means the value is found in the range. And the if_true_value (Found) will be the answer.

3. Find Value in Range with VLOOKUP Function in Excel

We can use the VLOOKUP function to find a value in a range. It looks up data in a range organized vertically. To do the task, go through the instructions below.

  • First, insert this formula in Cell G5.

Find Value in Range with VLOOKUP Function in Excel

  • Then, we will get the value itself as the result of our formula.

In the formula, G4 is the lookup_value and C5:C12 is the range, 1 is the column_num, and 0 is for an exact match. This will neither deliver the position nor a Boolean value, rather it will retrieve the value corresponding to the findings.
  • If we search for something that is not in the range the formula will provide a #N/A error.

  • To get rid of this error and produce a better understandable result for the value which is not in the range, we can use the IFNA function.
  • Therefore, put this formula instead.
=IFNA(VLOOKUP(G4,C5:C12,1,0),"Not Found")

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The IFNA function checks whether the supplied value in Cell G4 evaluates the Excel #N/A error or not. Therefore it replaces the result for #N/A. We wrapped up the VLOOKUP with IFNA and set “Not Found” as ifna_value. So, when it does not find a value in the range, it will provide “Not Found” as a result.
  • On the other hand, when the value is in the range, the standard VLOOKUP function result will be the final output.

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How to Find & Return Value in Range in Excel

It’s quite common to retrieve a value based on the search value in a range. Let’s say we want to derive the name of the movie by finding the actor’s name in the range. There are several ways to fetch the value. Let’s explore a few most common approaches.

  • First, the combination of the INDEX and MATCH functions will derive the value. The INDEX function returns the value at a given location in a range.
  • For this, use this formula in Cell G5.

How to Find & Return Value in Range in Excel

We have seen MATCH return the position of the matched value, and then INDEX uses that position value to return the value from the Cell range D5:D12.
  • Second, we can use the VLOOKUP function to return a value based on the search value.
  • For our example, the formula will be like this.

Here we have inserted almost the entire table (except the SL. No column) as the range. The column_num_index is 2, which means depending on the match the value will be fetched from the 2nd column of the range. And the second column contains the movie’s name.
  • Lastly, if you are using the Microsoft 365 version, then another function you can use is the XLOOKUP function.
  • The formula using the function will be this.

In this formula, within the XLOOKUP function, we have inserted the search value (G4), then the lookup range (C5:C12), and finally the range (D5:D12) from where we want the output.
  • Along with this, the XLOOKUP function allows you to set the parameter for a value that is not in the range.
  • Now, if we find a value that is not present in the range, then we will get “Not Found” as a result of this formula.
=XLOOKUP(G4,C5:C12,D5:D12,"Not Found")

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That’s all for the session. We have listed 3 quick methods on how to find value in a range in Excel. Hope you will find this helpful. Feel free to comment if anything seems difficult to comprehend. Let us know any other methods that we might have missed here.

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  1. This is an excellent and very helpful article; thanks! But what I need is not H4 but to be able to loop through one list to see if its values are in another list. For example, my “Actor” column would be one long email list “All” and my “Movie” column would be a shorter list “Some”, and I need to see if the values in the “All” list are in the “Some” list.

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