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# NEWS LETTER

SHOULD VLOOKUP BE BURIED OR JUST BE LEFT IN THE MORTUARY?

A few days ago, precisely at noon (GMT) on the 28th of Aug, 2019, Microsoft released a new function the XLOOKUP to Excel insiders.

As a teacher of Excel, I was keen and have just watched the preview by Bill Jelene (Mr Excel).

This sure is a crazy function, it has rubbished our popular VLOOKUP function. I thought the INDEX and MATCH functions were VLOOKUP’s greatest conqueror, then I stumbled on DGET last year after one of my training classes with one of Nigeria’s big banks. I concluded that DGET is in strong competition with INDEX and MATCH in the fight for supremacy over VLOOKUP.

And now Boooom, XLOOKUP has landed, after watching the preview, I knew the time has come for progressive spreadsheet users to either bury VLOOKUP or just let it lie in the morgue. For me I have left VLOOKUP for the foundation excel users, I am even thinking of taking it out of my Advanced Excel module, except that the average Nigerian user still sees VLOOKUP as a little King. I want to talk INDEX and MATCH, I want to talk DGET and I want to discuss XLOOKUP when it finally hits the table of the masses. VLOOKUP, you be old school, I don waka, I have moved on …this is August 2019.

XLOOKUP can look leftward with ease; an impossible task for my VLOOKUP friend, XLOOKUP do not rely on column index number so the problem of breaking the chain when a new column is inserted between the selected data array no longer exist…waooo…… I hail you Bill Gate.

Let’s take a look at the logic syntax of XLOOKUP:

=XLOOKUP(lookup_value, lookup_array, return_array, [match_mode], [search_mode])

Where:

• lookup_value – This is the value to find (same as VLOOKUP)
• lookup_array – This is the lookup column (not necessarily first column to the left as in VLOOKUP)
• return_array – return column (not column index number as in VLOOKUP)
• [match_mode] – 0 for exact match by default + more (different from VLOOKUP)
• [search_mode] – 1 for first-to-last + more (different from VLOOKUP)

Now the fight for supremacy in the LOOKUP functions is certainly between INDEX AND MATCH and XLOOKUP and probably DGET also. Let the context continue.

Dan Karo Ezuzu

Managing Consultant

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