Useful and faster methods for looking up text values in Excel are necessary especially when you have a larger dataset. In this article, I’ll discuss lookup text in Excel using 7 suitable methods with relevant examples and also with an explanation. So, you may adjust the method for your dataset.
Before moving into the methods, let’s have a look at today’s dataset where employee names are provided with their Employee ID No and Email ID.
1. Applying the LOOKUP Function to Extract Text
Firstly, I’ll show the use of the LOOKUP function to retrieve a text value from a dataset.
The function returns the value in a single row or column from a similar position in the row or column.
For example, if the lookup value is 1003 (Employee ID) and you need to find the employee name for the ID, you may use the following formula.
Here, F5 is the lookup value, B5:B12 is the lookup vector (cell range) of Employee ID, and C5:C12 is the result vector (cell range) of Employee Name.
Eventually, you’ll get the following output where the names of employees are available based on the ID.
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2. Using the VLOOKUP Function to Lookup Text
The VLOOKUP function is one of the popular functions for finding value in a column (vertical lookup).
In the following example, the function is used to extract the text for a certain cell.
The adjusted formula with wildcards for finding text value is-
Here, F5 is the lookup text, B5:D12 is the table array (dataset from which to retrieve the text), 1 is the column index number, and lastly FALSE is the exact matching.
Visit the Lookup Text Using VLOOKUP in Excel article to learn more about the formula uses to extract text from a dataset.
3. Combining the VALUE & VLOOKUP Functions to Find Text
The VALUE function returns the number from a looking text value, we can utilize the function along with the VLOOKUP function to find the text.
The combined formula will be like the following-
Here, F5 is the lookup text, B5:D12 is the table array (dataset from which to retrieve the text), 2 is the column index number, and lastly FALSE is for the exact matching.
More importantly, VALUE(F5) returns the number and then the VLOOKUP extracts the text value.
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4. Utilizing HLOOKUP to Get the Text Value
The HLOOKUP function returns a value based on the lookup value in a row (horizontal lookup).
We can utilize the function to get the text value sequentially using Asterisk (*) at the beginning of the formula.
So, the formula will be:
Here, B5:D12 is the table array, 1 is the row index number, and 0 (FALSE) is for exact matching.
5. Applying XLOOKUP with the EXACT Function
The XLOOKUP, an amazing LOOKUP function introduced in Excel 365, extracts value in a range or array.
In the following example, the function along with the EXACT function is used to retrieve a value.
The combined formula is-
Here, F5 is the lookup value, B5:B12 is the lookup array that contains the lookup value and C5:C12 is the return cell range as we want to find the name.
After entering the formula, the output looks as follows.
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6. Using XLOOKUP with Single Criteria to Lookup Text
Assuming that the employee name is divided into separate columns (one is the first name and the other one is the last name).
Now, we’ll find the email of the first name easily with the XLOOKUP function.
The adjusted formula is-
= XLOOKUP(F5,B5:B12, D5:D12, 0, -1 )
Here, F5 is the lookup value, B5:B12 is the lookup array that contains the lookup value, C5:C12 is the return cell range as we want to find the name, 0 is for if the value is not found, and -1 refers to match mode.
The output will be as follows.
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7. Utilizing XLOOKUP for Multiple Criteria to Lookup Text
Lastly, we’ll extract the text value that matches multiple criteria using the flexible XLOOKUP function.
For example, if you want to find the email based on the First Name and Last Name, you may use the following formula.
Here, B15 is the first name and C15 is the last name, B5:B12 is the lookup array (cell range for the First Name), C5:C12 is another lookup array (cell range for the Last Name), 0 is for if the value is not found, and -1 is the match mode.
After inserting the above formula, you’ll get the output like the following picture.
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This is how you can find the lookup text using the formula in Excel. Really, I hope this article might be beneficial for you. Anyway, if you have any queries or suggestions, please don’t forget to share them in the following comments section.