# Excel - How to Use a VLOOKUP Formula - Expert Solution

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i need help with a formula that allows me to find the same value in another workbook then enter another value from the row it find the match. i know vlookup allows me to find the match but i dont know how to get the other value after it find the match.
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Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 12:56
Hi, It's pleasure to help you today.
User 12/03/2018 - 12:56
hello
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 12:57
I have read your description and requirements says, you want to get value from the other column in the same matching row?
User 12/03/2018 - 12:58
yes
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 12:58
The possible answer is: Index function. I will show an example in the preview.
User 12/03/2018 - 12:59
that'd be great
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:01
I have added a small table in sheet2, where first column is Category and second one is value.
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:01
Now, I am trying to find the category mentioned in the Sheet1
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:02
With Match formula, i have calculated the row matching in sheet2, column A.
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:03
I will use this for index formula to get the value from column B matching row 2.
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:05
Now, you can see the value as 100.
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:06
I have used Index formula and it can be defined as follows:
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:06
Index(Range, matching row and reference column number)
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:07
When both match and index are combined:
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:07
=index(Sheet2!A:B,match(B1,Sheet2!A:A,0),2)
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:07
I have replaced B2 with actual match function.
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:11
Hope, you got the idea of applying formula?
User 12/03/2018 - 01:13
I believe this is what I need I'll try throw it in my spread sheet and see what happens
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:14
If you are using another spreadsheet, please add the references in the formula for index for the range as well very similar to match function that you have used.
User 12/03/2018 - 01:19
it not working for me
User 12/03/2018 - 01:19
can i set it up in this sheet then you show me again
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:19
Can you please copy the formula here?
User 12/03/2018 - 01:21
=INDEX(WORKSHEET!C8:C4522,MATCH(C11,WORKSHEET!C8:C4522,0),20)
User 12/03/2018 - 01:22
thats what i have for the formula in my sheet
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:23
Please use 1 instead of 20 at the end as you have range only for one column? But, why the index and match have same range?
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:23
WORKSHEET!C8:C4522
User 12/03/2018 - 01:24
didnt notice that ill change it and see what happens
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:24
For Index, you may have to use a different column. Can you please set up in the preview.
User 12/03/2018 - 01:28
in the preview i would need b8 to find value in a8 in sheet 2 then place the value that in b8 in sheet 2 in b8 in sheet 1
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:28
Ok. I will work on this.
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:29
=index(Sheet2!A8:B1000,match(A8,Sheet2!A8:A1000,0),2)
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:30
Or the formula can be written in another way also.
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:30
=index(Sheet2!B8:B1000,match(A8,Sheet2!A8:A1000,0),1)
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:31
The last number is based on the range you have mentioned after Index text.
User 12/03/2018 - 01:32
okay let me try this again in my sheet
User 12/03/2018 - 01:36
GOT IT!!!!
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:37
Great to hear that. That is an excellent news.
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:37
Thank you to use our services to solve your problem. Hopefully, you got better idea of the formula and you can apply it everywhere, when there is a requirement.
User 12/03/2018 - 01:38
it really is. but the last number i dont quite understand fully. i thought it was the column
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:39
It is based on the range you are selecting and the column you are referring in the range.
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:39
A:B asks for 2 as you need data from column B.
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:39
B:B asks for 1 as you need data from column B.
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:40
As the row is arrived using match. the only requirement in index is range and column number the value to be pulled from.
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:40
Easiest way is B:B and 1 as column.
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:41
But, if you want to make it generic formula, then you use Index(\$A:\$C,row,2) for value from column B.
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:41
Index(\$A:\$C,row,3) for the value from column C. So, a generic range can be applied for all the index formulas.
User 12/03/2018 - 01:44
so if i wouldve name the table array as the whole sheet 2 so my reference then becomes the whole sheet 2 thats when that number on the end changes to the column i want excel to pull the number from, right?
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:45
Yes. It is from the column you are referring from.
User 12/03/2018 - 01:45
got it, thank you very much for the help
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:45
if you need from column C and if you mention the range as B:C, then you will use 2 as the column number.
Excelchat Expert 12/03/2018 - 01:46
Thank you. Have a great day ahead.
User 12/03/2018 - 01:46
makes sense
User 12/03/2018 - 01:46
thank you you as well

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