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2D XLOOKUPs: How to use the new XLOOKUP for searching in two dimensions

The new XLOOKUP function in Excel not only offers great advanced features, but can be also used for 2D XLOOKUPs. Before XLOOKUP, the most common way for searching in rows and columns at the same time was INDEX/MATCH/MATCH. A combination of XLOOKUP and XLOOKUP can do the same. Let’s see how it works and explore the advantages and disadvantages vs. INDEX/MATCH/MATCH.

As mentioned in the previous parts of this series, XLOOKUP returns arrays (which is a range of cells, not only a single value). VLOOKUP, on the other hand, only returns single values. The basic idea is to use one XLOOKUP to return a range of cells (for example a column or row). A second XLOOKUP wrapped around then returns a single item from this array.


Performance of XLOOKUP: How fast is the new XLOOKUP vs. VLOOKUP?

We’ve explored the basics of XLOOKUP, discovered a wide range of advanced use cases for XLOOKUP and the advantages towards VLOOKUP and INDEX/MATCH. What we have not talked about so far is the performance of XLOOKUP. Especially for larger Excel models with possibly hundreds of thousands of functions to calculate, performance is a major concern. Let’s see how XLOOKUP performs vs. VLOOKUP and INDEX/MATCH!


Advanced XLOOKUP: All the great, fancy stuff possible with XLOOKUP!

In our previous article of this big XLOOKUP series, we have explored the basic usage of XLOOKUP. Now it is time to up our game: All the great, fancy stuff you can do with XLOOKUP. We look at error catching, wildcard lookups and grouping / classification problems. These advanced XLOOKUP functions will make you the lookup master!


XLOOKUP in Excel

XLOOKUP in Excel: Easily Solve all VLOOKUP Problems!

It seems as if Microsoft has listened to many complaints of Excel users and introduced a new formula: XLOOKUP. It’s supposed to improve all the disadvantages of the “traditional” lookup functions VLOOKUP, INDEX/MATCH and SUMIFS. This article describes in what case and how to use it. Please feel also free to download all example in an Excel workbook at the end of this article.

The XLOOKUP function is special in a way that it is very simple in it’s basic form. Just three arguments that are quite straight-forward. At the same time, it has very advanced capabilities. That’s why I’ve decided to split this article: The basic application, just using the first three arguments and advanced functions.


Convert XLOOKUP to VLOOKUP in Excel.

Convert XLOOKUP to VLOOKUP With These 4 Easy Methods!

The new XLOOKUP formula in Excel is great. It’s very powerful and solves many problems the iconic VLOOKUP (or HLOOKUP) formula cannot do. But there is one problem: It’s only available in the newest Excel versions. Older versions – which are still around a lot – can’t use them. In this article we explore 4 ways to convert XLOOKUP to VLOOKUP.