Last updated on June 21st, 2018

In this article, we will see how VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP Combined functions work together in Excel formulas. Here we will use VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP combinedly to solve a problem. The basics of VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP will be shown. We will be using an example to find out a specific result using the combination of VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP.

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## Basics of VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP

Before solving the problem using combined VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP, let`s get some basic idea about the functions.

### VLOOKUP Description

When you want to look up for a value vertically in Excel you need to use the VLOOKUP function. It is a built-in function in Excel which is under the Lookup function category.

### Syntax

**=VLOOKUP (Lookup_Value, Table_Range, Column_Index, [Range_Lookup])**

### Arguments

**Lookup_Value **– the value which you will look up vertically from the first column of the **Table_Range**.

**Table_Range**– Defines the range of the VLOOKUP function.

**Column_Index- **The column number from the** Table_Range **by which the matched value will be returned.

**Range_Lookup**– It`s an optional argument. Write **False** to get Exact Match and **True** for an approximate match. **True** is the default parameter while omitting this argument.

### Example

### HLOOKUP Description

When you want to look up for a value horizontally in Excel you need to use the HLOOKUP function. It is also a built-in function in Excel which is under the Lookup function category.

### Syntax

**=HLOOKUP (Lookup_Value, Table_Range, Row_Index, [Range_Lookup])**

### Arguments

**Lookup_Value**– Value which will be found out horizontally from the first row of the **Table_Range**.

**Table_Range**– Defines the range of the HLOOKUP function.

**Row_Index**– The row number from the **Table_Range **by which the matched value will be returned.

**Range_Lookup**– It`s an optional argument. Write **False** to get Exact Match and **True** for an approximate match. **True** is the default parameter while omitting this argument.

### Example

## VLOOKUP & HLOOKUP Combined Together in an Excel Formula

Let`s look into an example where different products name with its monthly sales is given. We want to insert a formula in the worksheet where, by indicating the product and months name, the formula will give us the desired result.

For finding the result. Here we will be using the VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP functions together. Firstly, let`s look into the HLOOKUP function. In a different place of your worksheet insert months name along with the column number. By using the HLOOKUP function we will find the Column number first. In cell **H6**, write down the formula,

It will look for the month name in the range **=HLOOKUP(H5,B14:E15,2,FALSE)****B14: E15**. The row index is given here as 2. So, the formula will return the value 5.

Now, we will combine the **HLOOKUP** function with the **VLOOKUP** function to find the monthly sales of a product. In cell **H7**, write down the formula

and press Enter. It will evaluate the result that we wanted. As we indicate **=VLOOKUP(H4,A2:E9,HLOOKUP(H5,B14:E15,2,FALSE), FALSE) ****Product name** **Toaster** and **Month name** **April**. So, it will give us the result 1700 in cell **H7**. By changing the names in cell **H4** and **H5 **we will get different results.

Here the formula,

lookup for the value Toaster which is in cell H4 in the range **=VLOOKUP(H4,A2:E9,HLOOKUP(H5,B14:E15,2,FALSE), FALSE) ****A2: E9**. In the function of **VLOOKUP**, the formula

is given as the **HLOOKUP(H5,B14:E15,2,FALSE) ****Column_Index**. So instead of defining **Column_Index** with numbers, you are doing this with the **HLOOKUP **function. The **False** arguments will give you the exact match.

Let`s check this formula for a different product and month. Now we will choose the product **Blender** and month **February** to find the monthly sales of the month **February. **In cell **H4** and **H5**, write **Blender** and **February**.

## Conclusion

In this article, we saw the basics of **VLOOKUP **and **HLOOKUP** functions. The **VLOOKUP** and **HLOOKUP** combined formula was shown with an example. Instead of **VLOOKUP** and **HLOOKUP**, we can also use the **INDEX **and **MATCH** functions based on different operations. Hope you will like this article. Comment below to ask any questions and let us know your opinions on our articles.

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Great instruction on how to use both VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP functions! I like this.

Thanks for your feedback, George!