# Excel MATCH Function | Formula Examples + FREE Video

## Excel MATCH Function (Example + Video) ### 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.

### Syntax

=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).

• 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.

## Excel MATCH Function – Video Tutorial

#### Related Excel Tutorials:

You May Also Like the Following Excel Tutorials: FREE EXCEL BOOK

## Get 51 Excel Tips Ebook to skyrocket your productivity and get work done faster

### 1 thought on “Excel MATCH Function | Formula Examples + FREE Video”

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?