Returning a cell's value based on the location of another cell.

Copper Contributor

I want to search an entire worksheet for a value and once that value is identified, I want to pull the cell's value that exists five cells below it. vlook, xlook, and hlookups don't work because the data isn't organized into a table. Getting confused by the LOOKUP, MATCH formulas.

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In the attached file i've cobbled together an example which could represent what you are looking for. However it's for a small database because searching an entire worksheet would mean searching more than 17,1 billion cells.


Almost the same as Oliver:


This formula searches in Sheet1 A1:D1000 for the number 1 (stands after 'b' and can be referred to another cell) and outputs the content of the cell 5 cells below.

Thank you, Oliver. Let me take a look closer.
Thank you, dscheikey. Let me take a look closer.

@MDLeach What version of Excel are you using? If you have Excel for MS365 or Excel for the web, you could try the following:


=TAKE(TOCOL(IFS(range = lookup_value, OFFSET(range, 5, 0)), 2), 1)


For example:


=TAKE(TOCOL(IFS(A4:J10000 = B1, OFFSET(A4:J10000, 5, 0)), 2), 1)


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To return a cell's value based on the location of another cell in Excel, you can use the INDEX and MATCH functions. For example, if you want to get the value from the cell in column B that matches the row of the cell containing "target_value" in column A, use:

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=INDEX(B:B, MATCH("target_value", A:A, 0))
This formula searches for "target_value" in column A and returns the corresponding value from column B.