You can use the **VLOOKUP** function with the **CONCATENATE** function in Excel to look up two values in a range that have been concatenated together and return a corresponding value from another column.

The following example shows exactly how to do so.

**Example: How to Use VLOOKUP with CONCATENATE in Excel**

Suppose we have the following dataset that contains information about the total sales made by various employees at some company:

Suppose we would like to look up the total sales made by Bob Miller:

Since there are two employees who have a first name of “Bob”, we must first create a helper column that concatenates the first and last name of each employee.

To do so, we can type the following formula into cell **A2**:

=B2&C2

We can then click and drag this formula down to each remaining cell in column A:

Next, we can use the following formula with the **VLOOKUP** function to look up Bob Miller and return his sales value:

=B2&C2

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

The formula returns a value of **30**, which is the correct sales value that corresponds to Bob Miller.

**Note**: If we simply used a **VLOOKUP** function to look up “Bob” in the original dataset, the formula would have returned **22** since this is the sales value that corresponds to the first “Bob” in the dataset.

**Additional Resources**

The following tutorials explain how to perform other common tasks in Excel:

Excel: How to Compare Two Lists Using VLOOKUP

Excel: Return 0 Instead of #N/A with VLOOKUP

Excel: VLOOKUP if Cell Contains Word within Text