**VLOOKUP** is a widely used function. Using this function, we can extract data from one dataset to another. Sometimes, we need blank cells at the position of empty cells. However, the **VLOOKUP** function returns us **0**. In this article, we will show seven possible ways to **use the VLOOKUP function to return blank instead of 0**. If you are curious about it, download our practice workbook and follow us.

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## 7 Quick Ways for Using VLOOKUP to Return Blank Instead of 0 in Excel

To demonstrate the approaches, we consider a dataset of **10** employees of any organization. Our dataset is in the range of cells **B5:D14**. In the residency entities, we have **3** missing values in cells **D8**, **D10**, and **D13**. We applied **the VLOOKUP function** in the range of cells **G5:G7**, and the function returns us a **0** value instead of a **blank** cell.

Now, we will show you how you get the blank cell from the **VLOOKUP** function for an empty cell in the original dataset.

### 1. Utilizing IF and VLOOKUP Functions

In this method, we are going to use the **IF** and **VLOOKUP** functions to get **blank** instead of **0**. The steps of this process are given below:

**đź“Ś Steps:**

- First of all, select cell
**G5**. - Now, write down the following formula into the cell.

`=IF(VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE)="","",VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE))`

- Press
**Enter**.

- You will see the formula returns us a
**blank**cell instead of**0**. - Then,
**double-click**on the**Fill Handle**icon to copy the formula up to cell**G7**.

- You will get the
**blank**cell for all**three**values.

Thus, we can say that our formula worked perfectly, and **VLOOKUP** return **blank** instead of **0**.

**đź”Ž Breakdown of the Formula**

We are breaking down the formula for cell **G5**.

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**VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE)**: This function looks for the value of cell **F5** in our dataset, which locates in the range of cells **B5:D14**, and it will print the corresponding value in column **3**. As the value in column **3** for the value of **F5** is blank, the function will return us **0**. Otherwise, it will provide us with that value.

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**IF(VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE)=â€ťâ€ť,â€ťâ€ť,VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE))**: The **IF** function first checks the value of the **VLOOKUP** function. If the **VLOOKUP** function returns **blank** or the logic is **true**, the **IF** function returns **blank** in cell **G5**. On the other hand, if the logic is **false**, the function returns the value of the **VLOOKUP** function.

**Read More: ****How to Use XLOOKUP to Return Blank Instead of 0**

### 2. Using IF, LEN and VLOOKUP Functions

In this process, we will use the **IF**, **LEN**, and **VLOOKUP** functions to get **blank** instead of **0**. The steps of this approach are given as follows:

**đź“Ś Steps:**

- First, select cell
**G5**. - After that, write down the following formula into the cell.

`=IF(LEN(VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE))=0,"",VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE))`

- Press the
**Enter**.

- You will notice the formula returns us a
**blank**cell instead of**0**. - Now,
**double-click**on the**Fill Handle**icon to copy the formula up to cell**G7**.

- You will get the
**blank**cell for all**three**values.

So, we can say that our formula worked precisely, and **VLOOKUP** returnÂ **blank** instead of **0**.

**đź”Ž Breakdown of the Formula**

We are breaking down the formula for cell **G5**.

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**VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE)**: This function looks for the value of cell **F5** in our dataset, which locates in the range of cells **B5:D14**, and it will print the value of column **3**. As the value in column **3** for the value of **F5** is blank, the function will return us **0**. Otherwise, it will provide us with that value.

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**LEN(VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE))**: This function counts the character length of the result got from the **VLOOKUP** function. In this case, the value is **0**.

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**IF(LEN(VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE))=0,â€ťâ€ť,VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE)**: The **IF** function first checks the value of the **LEN** function. If the result of the **LEN** function is **0** or the logic is **true**, the **IF** function returns **blank** in cell **G5**. On the other hand, if the logic is **false**, the function returns the value of the **VLOOKUP** function.

**Read More: ****Excel IFERROR Function to Return Blank Instead of 0**

### 3. Combining IF, ISBLANK and VLOOKUP Functions

In this approach, the **IF**, **ISBLANK**, and **VLOOKUP** functions will help us to get **blank** instead of **0**. The steps of this procedure are given below:

**đź“Ś Steps:**

- At first, select cell
**G5**and write down the following formula into the cell.

`=IF(ISBLANK(VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE)),"",VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE))`

- Press the
**Enter**.

- You will see the formula returns us a
**blank**cell instead of**0**. - After that,
**double-click**on the**Fill Handle**icon to copy the formula up to cell**G7**.

- You will get the
**blank**cell for all**three**values.

Hence, we can say that our formula worked effectively, and **VLOOKUP** returnÂ **blank** instead of **0**.

**đź”Ž Breakdown of the Formula**

We are breaking down the formula for cell **G5**.

đź‘‰ **VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE)**: This function looks for the value of cell **F5** in our dataset, which locates in the range of cells **B5:D14**, and it will print the value of column **3**. As the value in column **3** for the value of **F5** is blank, the function will return us **0**. Otherwise, it will provide us with that value.

đź‘‰ **ISBLANK(VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE))**: This function checks the result from the **VLOOKUP** function. If the cell is empty the function will return **TRUE**. Otherwise, it will return **FALSE**. In this case, the value is **TRUE**.

đź‘‰ **IF(ISBLANK(VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE)),â€ťâ€ť,VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE))**: The **IF** function first checks the value of the **ISBLANK** function. If the result of the **ISBLANK** function is **true**, the **IF** function returns **blank** in cell **G5**. On the other hand, if the logic is **false**, the function returns the value of the **VLOOKUP** function.

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### 4. Applying IF, ISNUMBER and VLOOKUP Functions

In this procedure, we are going to use the **IF**, **ISNUMBER**, and **VLOOKUP** functions to get **blank** instead of **0**. The steps of this process are explained below:

**đź“Ś Steps:**

- In the beginning, select cell
**G5**. - Now, write down the following formula into the cell.

`=IF(ISNUMBER(VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE)),VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE),"")`

- Press
**Enter**.

- You will see the formula returns us a
**blank**cell instead of**0**. - Afterward,
**double-click**on the**Fill Handle**icon to copy the formula up to cell**G7**.

- You will get the
**blank**cell for all**three**values.

At last, we can say that our formula worked successfully, and **VLOOKUP** returnÂ **blank** instead of **0**.

**đź”Ž Breakdown of the Formula**

We are breaking down the formula for cell **G5**.

`đź‘‰`

**VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE)**: This function looks for the value of cell **F5** in our dataset, which locates in the range of cells **B5:D14**, and it will print the value of column **3**. As the value in column **3** for the value of **F5** is blank, the function will return us **0**. Otherwise, it will provide us with that value.

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**ISNUMBER(VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE))**: This function checks the result got from the **VLOOKUP** function. If the cell is empty the function will return **FALSE**. Otherwise, it will return **TRUE**. In this case, the value is **FALSE**.

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**IF(ISNUMBER(VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE)),VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE),â€ťâ€ť)**: The **IF** function first checks the value of the **ISNUMBER** function. If the result of the **ISNUMBER** function is **FALSE**, the **IF** function returns **blank** in cell **G5**. On the other hand, if the logic is **TURE**, the function returns the value of the **VLOOKUP** function.

**Read More: ****How to Leave Cell Blank If There Is No Data in Excel (5 Ways)**

### 5. Using IF, IFNA and VLOOKUP Functions

In this case, we are going to use the **IF**, **IFNA**, and **VLOOKUP** functions to get **blank** instead of **0**. The steps of this method are given as follows:

**đź“Ś Steps:**

- At the beginning of this method, select cell
**G5**. - Then, write down the following formula into the cell.

`=IF(IFNA(VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE),0)=0,"",VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE))`

- Press
**Enter**.

- You will notice the formula returns us a
**blank**cell instead of**0**. - After that,
**double-click**on the**Fill Handle**icon to copy the formula up to cell**G7**.

- You will get the
**blank**cell for all**three**values.

In the end, we can say that our formula worked perfectly, and **VLOOKUP** returnÂ **blank** instead of **0**.

**đź”Ž Breakdown of the Formula**

We are breaking down the formula for cell **G5**.

`đź‘‰`

**VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE)**: This function looks for the value of cell **F5** in our dataset, which locates in the range of cells **B5:D14**, and it will print the value of column **3**. As the value in column **3** for the value of **F5** is blank, the function will return us **0**. Otherwise, it will provide us with that value.

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**IFNA(VLOOKUP(F7,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE),0)**: This function counts the character length of the result got from the **VLOOKUP** function. In this case, the value is **0**.

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**IF(IFNA(VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE),0)=0,â€ťâ€ť,VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE))**: The **IF** function first checks the value of the **IFNA** function. If the result of the **IFNA** function is **0**, the **IF** function returns **blank** in cell **G5**. Otherwise, the function returns the value of the **VLOOKUP** function.

### 6. Applying IFERROR and VLOOKUP Functions

In the following method, we will use the **IFERROR** and **VLOOKUP** functions to get **blank** instead of **0**. We have to look for that value that doesnâ€™t exist in our dataset. In such a case, the formula will return a **blank** cell instead of **0**. The steps of this method are given as follows:

**đź“Ś Steps:**

- First of all, select cell
**G5**. - Now, write down the following formula into the cell.

`=IFERROR(VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE)," ")`

- Press
**Enter**.

- You will see that the formula returns us a
**blank**cell instead of**0**. - Afterward,
**double-click**on the**Fill Handle**icon to copy the formula up to cell**G6**.

- You will get the
**blank**cell for bothÂ values.

Finally, we can say that our formula worked effectively, and **VLOOKUP** returnÂ **blank** instead of **0**.

**đź”Ž Breakdown of the Formula**

We are breaking down the formula for cell **G5**.

`đź‘‰`

**VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE)**: This function looks for the value of cell **F5** in our dataset, which locates in the range of cells **B5:D14**, and it will print the value of column **3**. As the value in column **3** for the value of **F5** is blank, the function will return us **0**. Otherwise, it will provide us with that value.

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**IFERROR(VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE),â€ť â€ś)**: The **IFERROR** function first checks the value of the **VLOOKUP** function. If the result of the **VLOOKUP** function is **0**, the **IF** function returns **blank** in cell **G5**. Otherwise, the function returns the value of the **VLOOKUP** function.

### 7. Utilizing IF, IFERROR and VLOOKUP Functions

In the following approach, the **IFERROR**, **IF**, **LEN**, and **VLOOKUP** functions will help us to get the **blank **cell instead of **0**. The procedure is given below step-by-step:

**đź“Ś Steps:**

- At first, select cell
**G5**. - After that, write down the following formula into the cell.

`=IFERROR(IF(LEN(VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,0))=0,"",VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,0)), "")`

- Press
**Enter**.

- You will see the formula returns us a
**blank**cell instead of**0**. - Now,
**double-click**on the**Fill Handle**icon to copy the formula up to cell**G7**.

- You will get the
**blank**cell for all**three**values.

Thus, we can say that our formula worked successfully, and **VLOOKUP** returnÂ **blank** instead of **0**.

**đź”Ž Breakdown of the Formula**

We are breaking down the formula for cell **G5**.

`đź‘‰`

**VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE)**: This function looks for the value of cell **F5** in our dataset, which locates in the range of cells **B5:D14**, and it will print the value of column **3**. As the value in column **3** for the value of **F5** is blank, the function will return us **0**. Otherwise, it will provide us with that value.

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**LEN(VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE))**: This function counts the character length of the result got from the **VLOOKUP** function. In this case, the value is **0**.

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**IF(LEN(VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE))=0,â€ťâ€ť,VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,FALSE)**: The **IF** function first checks the value of the **LEN** function. If the result of the **LEN** function is **0** or the logic is **true**, the **IF** function returns **blank** in cell **G5**. On the other hand, if the logic is **false**, the function returns the value of the **VLOOKUP** function.

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**IFERROR(IF(LEN(VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,0))=0,â€ťâ€ť,VLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$D$14,3,0)), â€śâ€ť)**: This function checks the decision of the **IF** function. If the function returns a **blank** cell, the **IFERROR** function shows us the **blank.** Otherwise, the function will show the value of the corresponding cell in column **3**.

## Conclusion

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