This post will guide you how to get the first match value in two ranges in excel. How to return the first occurrence of the value in two excel ranges.
Get the First Match in two Ranges
If you want to find the first match between two excel ranges, you can use a combination of the INDEX function, the MATCH function and COUNTIF function to create a new formula. For example, to get the first occurrence of the value between range B1:B4 and D1:D4, then extract the first value from range D1:D4, you can write down the following excel formula:
Note: when you enter the above array formula, you must hold the Control and Shift keys down, then press Enter. Then the formula bar should add curly braces surrounding the array formula.
Let’s see how this formula works:
The COUNTIF function will count the number of the value in the range D1:D4 cells that equal to the values in the range B1:B4. It will compare each values in range D1:D4 if it appear in range B1:B4. It returns an array result like this:
The MATCH function returns the position of the first occurrence of the lookup value “1” in array results that returned by the COUNTIF function. It returns 2. And this value is also the position of the first match in those two ranges. And then it goes into INDEX function as its row_num.
The INDEX function returns a value from range D1:D4 based on the position that returned by the MATCH function. It returns “excel”.
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