 ## Master Excel’s INDEX MATCH MATCH Function: A Step-by-Step Guide to Accurate Search Results

The INDEX function is used to retrieve a value from a specific cell within a range of cells. The syntax for INDEX is “=INDEX(range, row_num, col_num)”, where range is the range of cells you want to retrieve a value from, row_num is the row number of the cell you want to retrieve, and col_num is the column number of the cell you want to retrieve.

The MATCH function is used to find the position of a value within a range of cells. The syntax for MATCH is “=MATCH(lookup_value, lookup_range, match_type)”, where lookup_value is the value you want to find, lookup_range is the range of cells to search in, and match_type is 0 for an exact match or 1 for an approximate match.

In the INDEX MATCH MATCH formula, the first MATCH function is used to find the row number of the lookup value within the lookup range. The second MATCH function is used to find the column number of the column header within the header range.

The INDEX function then uses the row number and column number returned by the MATCH functions to retrieve the value from the corresponding cell within the data range.

For example, let’s say you have a table of data with headers in row 1 and values in rows 2 through 6. The lookup value is in cell D1, and you want to retrieve the value in the “Full Name” column that corresponds to the lookup value.

You would use the following formula:

=INDEX(G2:S1001,(MATCH(A6,\$F\$2:\$F\$1001,0)),(MATCH(B5,\$G\$1:\$S\$1,0))) Index Match Match

Here,

G2:S1001 is the data range which contains all the data
A6 is the cell which contains the lookup value
\$F\$2:\$F\$1001 is the lookup range which contains all the values that you want to match against
B5 is the column header which you want to retrieve the corresponding value of