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# What Is VLOOKUP Function and How To Use It In Excel 2013

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### What Is VLOOKUP Function and How To Use It In Excel 2013

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2. 2. 2 What Is VLOOKUP Function & How To Use It In Excel 2013? If you use Excel a lot at work, odds of you finding yourself in situations where you’re looking for a function that can search values for you in a table, are high. With Excel up and running, you no longer need to design the logic for your requirements in order to carry out the desired operation. Instead, what you can use is the built-in VLOOKUP function, as it allows you to easily search the required values from the defined range. The V in the name stands for Vertical. It’s basically a database function that can retrieve data from a list (or a database). Anyone familiar with database queries would know how this function works: It can retrieve values from a column (hence the name vertical) based on the given value of another column called the key. Before getting into the details, let’s understand what it actually does? See Here Although, it does sound pretty easy, you should keep it in mind that this function is best utilized in situations where your list needs to be reusable. For example, if you employ the function where every time the cashier enters the id of an item, he gets the details of the item, then it would be useful, but if you need to check the value just once, you’re better off searching the value manually from the table/data set. Let’s get started with the same example that we used in our previous excel guide: a movie store. As said earlier, VLOOKUP is a database function, so it needs a key to work. We have used the ID column for our key. It must be noted that since it is an identifier, it must be a unique value for each row in your database (or table). Now we make two tables in Excel; one will act as our database and the other as our empty list. Our secondary list contains an empty table with column names. It is the interface where the cashier of our fictitious Movie Store will obtain Figure 3: Click here to view large image Figure 2: Click here to view large image Figure 1: Click here to view large image
3. 3. 3 information from. The cashier inputs the ID of the particular item in the ID column, and the rest of the information is retrieved automatically from our database. In our Secondary Sheet, we want the VLOOKUP function to retrieve value for the column B and C, when the user inputs the ID in the column A. Click the cell B3 followed by insert function in the formulas tab. A new window opens up that has a list of different functions. Select “All” in category option and search for VLOOKUP function in the given list. Click OK. Now you have assigned VLOOKUP function to the cell B3, but it is yet to be implemented. There are four values that the function required to work. These are  Unique Identifiers to validate the data you want to retrieve  Location of the original list  What information from the database associated with the identifier needs to be retrieved?  Is the database sorted in ascending order of the identifier? A new window opens that prompts you to input these values. In our Lookup Value, we give the cell number of the ID, the cell which needs to be searched in our main list. Read More Figure 7: Click here to view large image Figure 6: Click here to view large image Figure 5: Click here to view large image Figure 4: Click here to view large image