 Learn How to use the Excel Index Match Formula | MergeOS # Learn How to use the Excel Index Match Formula

#### You can use the Excel Index and Match formulas to match and find data in an Excel spreadsheet. Included is a free Excel download that shows exactly how to use Index Match

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The INDEX and MATCH functions, when used together work like a better version of a VLOOKUP.  Read on for a quick summary of what the template above shows explains with working examples.

#### General Problem

How to find and return the value from one column, based on the value in different column.

#### Problem Detail

In the table below, I want to get the sales figure for Cakes in March. Use Index Match to find the value for Cakes in March

#### Quick Solution

` =INDEX(G11:G13, MATCH("Cakes", D11:D13, 0))`

#### Explanation

The MATCH formula returns the relative position of a value within a range of values. In the example above, MATCH("Cakes", D11:D13, 0) will return the number 2, meaning the second row in the range D11 to D13.

The INDEX formula returns a single value from a range of values, based on the relative row number. In the example above INDEX(G11:G13, MATCH("Cakes", D11:D13, 0)) returns the second row in the range G11 to G13 because the MATCH function returns the number 2.

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