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# Find/return the next value in the column list

Hi,

I have a list of numbers in a column.

A have a number in another cell that has been selected from that list.

Is it possible to find this number in the list (a la vlookup) and then access/return the value that is in the next cell in the list, the value in the cell below the current one?

Thanks.

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best response confirmed by wazza2040 (New Contributor)
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# Re: Find/return the next value in the column list

You may find with MATCH() position of the number in the list, and with INDEX() return value from the cell in next position. If, for exmple, your list is in column A and number to search is in cell B1, it could be

``=IFERROR(INDEX(A:A,MATCH(B1,A:A,0)+1),"no such number")``

# Re: Find/return the next value in the column list

VLOOKUP always has been a flawed function for a number of reasons,  INDEX/MATCH would be better here.  Calling you list and number by those names, the simplest formula is

= INDEX( list, 1 + MATCH( number, list, 0 ) )

Instead of adding 1 to the index it is also possible to define 'offsetList' to be a range one cell down from the initial list:

= INDEX( offsetList, MATCH( number, list, 0 ) )

Switching to the latest versions of Office 365, one has the new XLOOKUP function which replaces other lookup function in almost all circumstances.  Using the offset list once more

= XLOOKUP( number, list, offsetList )

or if volatile functions are not a problem

= OFFSET( XLOOKUP( number, list, list ), 1, 0 )

Many thank.

# Re: Find/return the next value in the column list

@wazza2040 , you are welcome

# Re: Find/return the next value in the column list

@Sergei Baklan   What if you don't know the next value in the column? I have a column of random dates and next to it is a column of random values that don't populate every cell. I want to create a table that picks up just the date where there is a value, and then the corresponding value. Thanks!

 7/28/2017 6,900,439.07 8/1/2017 9/1/2017 9/21/2017 52,618.28 10/1/2017 10/20/2017 302,730.65 11/1/2017 11/22/2017 293,637.39 12/1/2017

# Re: Find/return the next value in the column list

Depends on your Excel version, for example

# Re: Find/return the next value in the column list

As @Sergei Baklan says, it depends on the version of Excel that you are using.

``````= XLOOKUP(
lookupDate,
IF(value>0, date),
value,,
1)``````

I think XLOOKUP is Excel 2019 and on.  Th final '1' selects the next higher value rather than the next lower that would be returned by the old LOOKUP function.