Excel: How to Find Second Instance of Matching Value

You can use the following formula to return the second instance of a matching value in Excel:

```=INDEX(B1:B11,SMALL(IF(A1:A11=F1,ROW(A1:A11)-MIN(ROW(A1:A11))+1),2))
```

This particular formula will look up the value in cell F1 in the range A1:A11 and then return the value that corresponds to the second instance of the matching value from the range B1:B11.

Note: To find the nth instance of a matching value, simply change the last 2 in the formula to n.

The following example shows how to use this formula in practice.

Example: Find Second Instance of Matching Value in Excel

Suppose we have the following dataset in Excel that contains information about various basketball players:

Suppose we would like to return the value in the points column that corresponds to the second instance of “Mavs” in the team column.

We can type the following formula into cell F2 to do so:

`=INDEX(B1:B11,SMALL(IF(A1:A11=F1,ROW(A1:A11)-MIN(ROW(A1:A11))+1),2))`

The following screenshot shows how to use this formula in practice:

The formula returns a value of 24, which is the value in the points column that corresponds to the second instance of “Mavs” in the team column.

If we would like to return the value in the assists column instead, we could change the cell range B1:B11 to C1:C11:

`=INDEX(C1:C11,SMALL(IF(A1:A11=F1,ROW(A1:A11)-MIN(ROW(A1:A11))+1),2))`

The following screenshot shows how to use this formula in practice:

The formula returns a value of 7, which is the value in the assists column that corresponds to the second instance of “Mavs” in the team column.

Note: If a second instance does not exist for the value that you look up, then the formula will return #NUM! as a result.