## Can you use INDEX and VLOOKUP together?

The VLOOKUP function can be used when the lookup value is in the left column of your table or when you want to return the last value in a column. The INDEX and MATCH functions can be used in combination to do the same thing, but provide greater flexibility without some of the limitations of VLOOKUP.

## What is INDEX in VLOOKUP?

Using a combination INDEX and MATCH, we can perform the same operations as VLOOKUP. INDEX returns the value of a cell in a table based on the column and row number. MATCH returns the position of a cell in a row or column. Combining these two functions we can look up a value both horizontally and vertically.

**What is the advantage of using INDEX and match function over VLOOKUP?**

With sorted data and an approximate match, INDEX-MATCH is about 30% faster than VLOOKUP. With sorted data and a fast technique to find an exact match, INDEX-MATCH is about 13% faster than VLOOKUP. Additionally, however, you can use a version of the INDEX-MATCH technique to calculate MUCH more quickly than with VLOOKUP.

**How do you use INDEX formula?**

#1 How to Use the INDEX Formula

- Type “=INDEX(” and select the area of the table, then add a comma.
- Type the row number for Kevin, which is “4,” and add a comma.
- Type the column number for Height, which is “2,” and close the bracket.
- The result is “5.8.”

### Why you should never use VLOOKUP?

It can not lookup and return a value which is to the left of the lookup value. It works only with data which is arranged vertically. VLOOKUP would give a wrong result if you add/delete a new column in your data (as the column number value now refers to the wrong column).

### What is one main benefit of INDEX and match over VLOOKUP?

INDEX-MATCH is more powerful and flexible. The main reason I use INDEX-MATCH instead of VLOOKUP is that VLOOKUP requires the lookup range to be on the left of the table. The lookup_array in the MATCH function doesn’t even have to be in the same table or worksheet as the return array or reference in the INDEX function.

**Why is index match better than VLOOKUP?**

INDEX-MATCH is much more flexible than Excel’s “lookup” functions.

**Is index match faster than VLOOKUP?**

With sorted data and an approximate match, INDEX-MATCH is about 30% faster than VLOOKUP. With sorted data and a fast technique to find an exact match, INDEX-MATCH is about 13% faster than VLOOKUP. Additionally, however, you can use a version of the INDEX-MATCH technique to calculate MUCH more quickly than with VLOOKUP. Here’s how:

#### When to use index match vs VLOOKUP?

XLOOKUP assumes exact matches by default vs MATCH function in which you need to put a 0 as last argument to assure exact matches

#### How to use VLOOKUP and index match in Excel?

INDEX MATCH instead of VLOOKUP with Multiple Criteria in Excel. In INDEX-MATCH Function we can use multiple criteria that are not possible in the case of VLOOKUP. Step 1: First, modify the data set to apply multiple criteria. Step 2: We will apply two criteria Department and Name and want Salary as the result.