Excel MATCH Function | Formula Examples + FREE Video

Excel MATCH Function (Example + Video)

Excel MATCH Function

When to use Excel MATCH Function

Excel MATCH function can be used when you want to get the relative position of a lookup value in a list or an array.

What it Returns

It returns a number that represents the position of the lookup value.


=MATCH(lookup_value, lookup_array, [match_type])

Input Arguments

  • lookup_value – The value for which you are looking for a match in the lookup_array.
  • lookup_array – The range of cells in which you are searching the lookup_value.
  • [match_type] – (Optional) This specifies how excel should look for a matching value. It can take three values -1, 0 , or 1 (read additional notes below for more info).

Additional Notes

  • Most widely used in conjunction with INDEX function.
  • Wildcard characters can be used when lookup value is a text string.
  • Match is not case-sensitive.
  • Match returns the #N/A error if no match is found.
  • Match type (match_type) specifies how excel matches the item in a list.
    • When Match Type is 0
      • This is the exact match criteria. It returns the first exact match position (or an error if there is no match).
    • When Match Type is 1 (default)
      • The data must be sorted in the ascending order for this option. It returns the largest value equal to or less than the lookup value.
    • When Match Type is -1
      • The data must be sorted in the descending order for this option. It returns the smallest value equal to or greater than the lookup value.

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  1. I am looking for an excel formula to find and match a list (column A) of SKU numbers example AA/SC/12647 to a list (Column K) of images with label as example img_12646.jpg. In essence, I want to marry or match the images to the sku numbers.
    Can anyone help?


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