## Can you do a VLOOKUP with words?

Can VLOOKUP work with text as well as numbers? Yes. VLOOKUP can search for textual values just as well as it can search for numbers. The example above would search for the product names, which are text rather than numbers.

## How do I search for text in a VLOOKUP?

VLOOKUP with numbers and text

- Generic formula.
- To use the VLOOKUP function to retrieve information from a table where the key values are numbers stored as text, you can use a formula that concatenates an empty string (“”) to the numeric lookup value, coercing it to text.

**How do I use VLOOKUP to find all matches?**

To lookup multiple matches with the VLOOKUP Function you need to create a helper column within the table of data. The helper column uses the COUNTIF Function to create a unique ID for each instance. The helper column must be the leftmost column within the data set.

**Does VLOOKUP work with text and numbers?**

By using TEXT as the first argument, VLOOKUP will make the match. Yes…it worked, as shown in cell C7 below. Or, if we needed to write a function that worked for text and numbers, we could use our friend IFERROR, which we discussed in a previous post.

### Is Xlookup replacing VLOOKUP?

Microsoft recently announced the upcoming release of a new function called XLOOKUP. This function will be replacing the widely used VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP and INDEX/MATCH functions to run searches in a table of Excel data.

### What is better VLOOKUP or INDEX match?

VLOOKUP is better because it is easier to understand for beginner to intermediate Excel users. INDEX-MATCH is better because it will continue to work if you insert or delete columns in the lookup table and allows the lookup column to be anywhere in the table.

**What happens when VLOOKUP doesn’t find value?**

If your lookup value is not in the first column of the array, you will see the #N/A error. In this case, Excel is looking for it in column A, not column B. Solution: You can try to fix this by adjusting your VLOOKUP to reference the correct column. If that’s not possible, then try moving your columns.

**How to use VLOOKUP for text?**

Things to Remember About VLOOKUP For Text 1 To convert numerical values to text values we can use the TRIM function as well as TEXT function. 2 To convert the number looking text values to numerical values, we can use the VALUE function. 3 In order to find the text values, errors turn on the error checking.

#### How to deal with lookup values that are in text format?

We have seen how to deal with when the lookup value is in text format. What if the data table itself is in text format, but your lookup values are in numerical format. Open VLOOKUP & TEXT function together in cell E3 and select the lookup value as cell D3. In order to convert the number value to text, mention the format text argument as zero (0).

#### What is the generic formula for VLOOKUP?

Generic formula. =VLOOKUP(val&””,table,col,0) Explanation. A common problem with VLOOKUP is a mismatch between numbers and text. Either the first column in the table contains lookup values that are numbers stored as text, or the table contains numbers, but the lookup value itself is a number stored as text.

**How do I convert a lookup value to text in Excel?**

What if the data table itself is in text format, but your lookup values are in numerical format. Open VLOOKUP & TEXT function together in cell E3 and select the lookup value as cell D3. In order to convert the number value to text, mention the format text argument as zero (0).