This Excel Vlookup Tutorial provides a step-by-step guide of how to use the Excel Vlookup function, providing examples and advice on fixing common Vlookup errors.
The Vlookup is one of the most popular functions in Excel but, until you fully understand it, it may initially appear complicated.
There are also some users have heard of the Vlookup function in Excel, but don't really understand what it does.
Therefore this tutorial begins by answering the common question, "What is Vlookup in Excel?" This is followed by an explanation of how to use the Vlookup function in the two situations when either an exact match, or a closest match, is required. The tutorial also provides practical Vlookup examples for each of these cases.
If you feel confident that you understand the Vlookup function, but your Vlookup is not working as expected, you may want to skip straight to the section on Vlookup errors. This section will take you through a logical set of steps that will help you to find the cause of your Vlookup error, and identify a solution.
Part 1: What is Vlookup?
Part 2: Vlookup Syntax & Rules
Part 3: Vlookup Example with an Exact Match
Part 4: Vlookup Example with the Closest Match
Part 5: Fix Your Vlookup Error
For a more concise overview of the Vlookup function see the Vlookup function page.
Alternatively, the Microsoft Office website provides further details of the Vlookup function.