Check If a Value Exists in a Range

This post will guide you how to use VLOOKUP function to check if a value exists in a given range of cells in Excel. How to check if a specified value exists in a range and then return the value in the adjacent cell.

For example, you want to look up the text value “Excel” in the range B1:C7, and you found it in the Cell B4, then return the adjacent Sales value (C4) in the column C.

Name Sales
access 45
word 66
Excel 34
ppt 23
Word 435
Word 443

Check If a Value Exists in a Range

Let’s write down the following Excel Formula based on the VLOOKUP function:

=VLOOKUP("Excel", B1:C7,2,TRUE)

Type this formula into the formula box in cell E1, then press Enter.

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Let’s see how this formula works:

The VLOOKUP function can be used to check if a given values exists in a range of cell, then return the value in a specified column that is specified by the third argument in the function.  So number 2 is the column number that we want to pick. The “Excel” is the value for that we want to lookup. B1:B7 is a range from which we want to lookup the value.  The TRUE value indicates that we want to lookup an approximate match from range B1:C7.


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