VLOOKUP: What it is, and when to use it

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Learn how to use VLOOKUP to look up a value you want to find in an Excel list or table. Using VLOOKUP is similar to looking up a person’s name in a telephone book to get a telephone number. VLOOKUP looks at a value in one column, and finds its corresponding value on the same row in another column.

Goals

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Enter VLOOKUP arguments in a formula.

  • Use VLOOKUP to find values in Excel lists or tables.

  • Avoid VLOOKUP errors.

Before you begin

You should already be familiar with Excel formulas. If you are not, take this course: Get to know Excel 2010: Create formulas.

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