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Wouldn’t it be nice if you could do =VLOOKUP(>100,MyTable,-1,False)?

In Today’s Dueling Excel Podcast – Episode #1855 – we are trying to find the first row in Column B that is greater than 100 and then return the corresponding value from Column A.

  • The False version of VLOOKUP can not deal with a lookup value such as “>100”.
  • The True version of VLOOKUP will find a value greater than 100; but since it stars searching in the middle of the Data Set, you will not get the FIRST result.

Mike Girvin baited me on this one, saying “there are a lot of different solutions.” Unfortunately, the first 10 solutions that I used failed to work. I finally came up with an Array Formula using =MIN, but Mike shows a better Array Formula and a cool =INDEX trick that prevents you from having to use Ctrl+Shift+Enter (CSE).

"Ctrl+Shift+Enter" by Mike 'ExcelIsFun' Girvin

Although elusive, Array Formulas can be used to solve everyday Excel problems. If you need to figure out how many times your birthday fell on a Friday, an Array Formula can solve that. If you need to return a Unique List of Sales Reps from a Database, an Array Formula can solve that. Now, at your own pace, you can learn the methods, the tricks, the dos and the don’ts that will allow you to “Command The Power of the ‘Array Formula’ in Microsoft Excel“! “Ctrl+Shift+Enter: Mastering Excel Array Formulas” by Mike ‘ExcelIsFun’ Girvin tells all!

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