You can use the following syntax with the VLOOKUP function in Excel to look up a value in a range and return the corresponding values from multiple columns:
This particular formula looks in the range A2:E11 and returns the corresponding values in columns 3, 4, and 5 where the value in column A is equal to G2.
Note: The FALSE argument tells Excel to look for exact matches instead of approximate matches.
The following example shows how to use this syntax in practice.
Example: Use VLOOKUP to Return Multiple Columns
Suppose we have the following dataset in Excel that shows information about various basketball teams:
We can use the following formula with VLOOKUP to look up the team “Pacers” in column A and return the corresponding values for points, assists, and steals:
Note: After typing this formula, make sure you press Ctrl+ Shift + Enter.
The following screenshot shows how to use this formula in practice:
The VLOOKUP function returns the values in the points, assists, and steals columns for the row where the team contains “Pacers” in the name.
Note: You can find the complete documentation for the VLOOKUP function here.
The following tutorials explain how to perform other common operations in Excel: