Database Theory

HLOOKUP is essentially the horizontal version of VLOOKUP.  The primary reason for using HLOOKUP in Excel is for when you have key data points arranged horizontally across the top of your table.  This usually happens when you are dealing with time series data; people have a tendency to list lookup values horizontally with this Continue Reading >>
When deciding between which vertical lookup formula to use, the majority of Excel experts agree that INDEX MATCH is a better formula than VLOOKUP.  However, many people still resort to using VLOOKUP because it’s a simpler formula.  One major driver of this problem is that most people still don’t fully understand the benefits Continue Reading >>
VLOOKUP MATCH is one of several possible lookup formulas within Microsoft Excel.  This tutorial assumes you already have a decent understanding of how to use VLOOKUP.  If you do not, please click here for a beginner’s tutorial on VLOOKUP. Objective VLOOKUP MATCH is an improved variation of your basic VLOOKUP or INDEX MATCH Continue Reading >>

How to Use VLOOKUP

by Matthew Kuo on December 19, 2012

in Database Theory, Excel

For most Excel users, VLOOKUP is the first complex formula they learn.  Performing a lookup is an extremely valuable function for any situation where you’re dealing with large data sets.  While the VLOOKUP function itself has become somewhat dated, as there are other better alternatives such as INDEX MATCH, it is still important Continue Reading >>
The Complete Guide to Excel Lookup Formulas One of the most common tasks in Excel is the process of looking up specific values within a data set.  In a simple database, this process would be completed by writing a “query” for a specified “table.”  For Excel, you complete this task by using a “formula,” with specific Continue Reading >>