Description

In this presentation you’ll get an overview of the new XLOOKUP function and see how it compares to both VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP and INDEX/MATCH, as well as the similarities that XLOOKUP has with the obsolete LOOKUP function in Excel. XLOOKUP is available to Office 365 subscribers, and is not available in Excel 2019, 2016, or any earlier versions. Some compelling aspects of XLOOKUP include the ability to look across rows or down columns, return data to the left or right of the lookup_value column, return results from multiple columns or rows, and much more. The presentation offers a detailed comparison of XLOOKUP versus the most commonly used look-up functions in Excel. Topics Covered:
  • Determining if you have the subscription-based Office 365 version of Excel or a perpetually licensed version.
  • Reviewing the LOOKUP function and its limitations.
  • Improving the integrity of spreadsheets with Excel’s VLOOKUP function.
  • Using the HLOOKUP function to look across rows instead of down columns.
  • Contrasting INDEX/MATCH to VLOOKUP.
  • Introducing the XLOOKUP worksheet function.
  • Using XLOOKUP to find the last match.
  • Using XLOOKUP to find lookups to the LEFT (instead of only to the right with VLOOKUP).
  • Contrast how XLOOKUP defaults to an exact match instead of an approximate match like VLOOKUP.
  • Return a cell range, instead of a single value, which means you can return multiple values.
  • Understand wildcard support in XLOOKUP versus VLOOKUP.
  • Find approximate matches without sorting.
  • Contrast the MATCH function to the new XMATCH function.
  • Learn about the Microsoft Excel Insider program that can help speed up access to forthcoming new features in Office 365.
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the purpose of Excel’s XLOOKUP function.
  • State the purpose of the column_index_num argument within VLOOKUP.
  • Identify the number of criteria pairs that you can specify in the MAXIFS function.
  • State what the MATCH function returns when the lookup_value is found.