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Excel 2019: Use a Wildcard in VLOOKUP

August 08, 2019 - by Bill Jelen

Excel Use a Wildcard in VLOOKUP. Photo Credit: Josh Appel at

You can do a sort of fuzzy match with VLOOKUP. If you aren‘t sure if your lookup table will contain Apple, Apple Computer, or Apple Computer Inc, you can use =VLOOKUP("Apple*",Table,2,False), and Excel will find the first item in the lookup table that starts with Apple.

Thanks to -Khalif John Clark.


Microsoft Labs offers a free Fuzzy Lookup add-in for Excel. See Excel 2019: Use the Fuzzy Lookup Tool from Microsoft Labs

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