ExcelTips: Powerful Lookup Functions (Table of Contents)

Summary: Want to access your data indirectly? The answer is to use Excel's lookup function. ExcelTips: Powerful Lookup Functions is a key resource in discovering how to use those functions. Here is the complete table of contents for this resource.

ExcelTips: Powerful Lookup Functions (Table of Contents)

ExcelTips: Powerful Lookup Functions, fourth edition, includes 131 information-packed pages that will help you discover and master the power behind the lookup functions provided by Excel. The following is the Table of Contents:


  • A Word about Versions
  • Macros and Array Formulas
  • Need More Tips?
  • Sharing this Document

Lookup Function Basics

  • Understanding the CHOOSE Function
  • Understanding the MATCH Function
  • Understanding the INDEX Function
  • Understanding the OFFSET Function
  • Understanding the VLOOKUP Function
  • Understanding the HLOOKUP Function
  • Understanding the LOOKUP Function
  • Maintaining Text Formatting in a Lookup
  • Errors when Copying References to External Cells

Addresses and Cell References

  • Cell Address of a Maximum Value
  • Finding the Address of the Lowest Value in a Range
  • Referring to the Last Cell
  • Referencing the Last Cell in a Column
  • Relative References within Named Ranges
  • Non-adjusting References in Formulas
  • Stopping a Formula from Updating References
  • Incrementing References by Multiples when Copying Formulas
  • Where Is that Text?

Finding Duplicate Values or Unique Values

  • Synchronizing Lists
  • Comparing Lists for Duplicates
  • Cleaning Up Lists
  • Ensuring Unique Values in a Column
  • Counting Unique Values
  • Getting a Count of Unique Names
  • Finding Differences Between Lists
  • Getting Rid of Everything Except Numbers
  • Deleting All Names but a Few

Grabbing Info from a List

  • Returning a Weight and a Date
  • Retrieving the Last Value in a Column
  • Last Non-Zero Value in a Row
  • Extracting Numbers within a Range
  • Highlighting Cells Containing both Letters and Numbers
  • Determining a State from an Area Code
  • Figuring Out the Low-Score Winner
  • Determining Winners, by Category
  • Determining "Highest Since" or "Lowest Since"
  • Returning Blanks or Asterisks from a Lookup
  • Returning Item Codes Instead of Item Names
  • Looking Backward through a Data Table
  • Pulling a Phone Number with a Known First and Last Name
  • Looking Up Names when Key Values are Identical
  • Reversing Integer Values
  • Compiling a List of Students in a Course
  • Displaying Letter Grades
  • Determining a Name for a Week Number
  • Adjusting Formulas for Top-Added Rows
  • Complex Lookup Formulas

Using Lookup Functions with Dates

  • Macro for Month Name
  • Automatically Advancing by a Month
  • Adding Ordinal Notation to Dates
  • Date for Next Wednesday
  • Calculating Future Workdays
  • Calculating the First Business Day of the Month
  • Determining Business Quarters from Dates
  • Specifying Different Weekends with NETWORKDAYS
  • Finding the Dates for Minimums and Maximums
  • Deciphering a Coded Date
  • Finding the Date Associated with a Negative Value

Looking Up Random Data

  • Picking Different Random Numbers from a Range
  • Selecting Random Names
  • Generating Random Strings of Characters

Calculations Involving Lookups

  • Calculating the Interval between Occurrences
  • Adding Dashes between Letters
  • Inserting Dashes between Letters and Numbers
  • Breaking Up Variable-Length Part Numbers
  • Finding the First Non-Digit in a Text Value
  • Calculating the Median Age of a Group of People
  • Determining a Simple Moving Average
  • Averaging the Last Numbers in a Column
  • Referencing the Last Six Items in a Formula
  • Engineering Calculations

Adjusting the Way VLOOKUP Works

  • Making VLOOKUP Trigger a Macro
  • Adjusting the VLOOKUP Function
  • Making VLOOKUP Case Sensitive
  • Returning Blanks with VLOOKUP
  • Using VLOOKUP to Access Information to the Left
  • Concatenating Values from a Variable Number of Cells

Using Lookup Functions to Enhance Charts

  • Easily Changing Chart Data Ranges
  • Automatically Updating Charts for Additional Data
  • Automatically Creating Charts for Individual Rows in a Data Table
  • Creating a Year-to-Date Comparison Chart

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