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Excel MATCH Function - Microsoft Excel MATCH Function Tutorial
Microsoft Excel MATCH Function Tutorial
The MATCH Function looks up a value you designate within a group of values and returns the position of that value within the group. A workhorse in data processing and dashboard construction.
What is the Microsoft Excel MATCH Function?
The MATCH function is a computer program that you run from a worksheet cell formula. It looks up a value you designate within a group of values and returns the position of that value within the group. The group of values being scanned are generally located in a given worksheet area (called a range). You run the MATCH worksheet function by typing its name in a formula then followed by the information it is suppose to use. The MATCH worksheet function is generally not used by itself. It is generally used to return some position so another function or formula can use that information. The match function is very commonly used with the INDEX worksheet function as a replacement for the VLOOKUP function (refer to INDEX for further information). MATCH generally scans a single worksheet row or column to find the position of name, number, date...etc. Remember though the position returned is relative to the range start and end which means if you look at a range C3:C10 and find Widget3 in C3, MATCH returns 1 because cell C3 is the first cell in the range being scanned. If the range started at C1 then it would return 3 because it is the 3 cells down.
How Do You Type the MATCH Worksheet Function in a Formula?
Whenever you type a formula in a worksheet cell, this is called syntax or grammar. The general MATCH function syntax has a format like this when you type it in a worksheet cell:
Where lookup_value, lookup_array, [match_type] are called the function argument list. Remember, you are running a computer program at this point so the program needs information to operate and that is why there is an argument list. When you see an argument list and you see square brackets [ ] around the argument name, this means the argument is optional and you do not have to include it when typing unless you need it. So for the syntax above, you need to include 2 arguments for the MACTH worksheet function when typing it in a worksheet cell formula in order for it to calculate correctly. What argument values can be used are discussed below. Remember functions expect certain things in their argument lists, if you do not put the correct information in the list they will generate an error when run.
MATCH Function Argument Definitions
How Do You Run the MATCH Function?
Since the MATCH function is a computer program, it runs when you press Enter to enter the formula that contains it. If any of the arguments are wrong, the function will return an error.
What Do I Type for a MATCH Function Argument?
When typing the MATCH function in a worksheet cell formula, you need to replace the argument list with arguments separating each one with a comma (,). Some typical arguments you can use are:
* It is possible to name a cell or group of cells on a worksheet and use that name in place of a range reference or cell reference. Consult Excel help on how to name a cell.
Additional MATCH Function Examples
The worksheet seen below contains some typical worksheet formulas that run the MATCH worksheet function. Pay close attention to the argument list and the syntax used to write the formula.
Things to Know About the MATCH Function
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