## Vlookup a cell range and return multiple values

My database is as shown, where I have company abc sells siemens, omron and mitsubishi and company qwe sells omron n siemens.

Company Products

abc Siemens Omron Mitsubishi

qwe Omron Siemens

asd Omron Moeller

zxc Mitsubishi Omron

So right now I wanna key in the product name, lets say siemens, I hope it shows all the companies that sell siemens, in this case would be abc n qwe.

How is it possible? Using your formula can only works for first column, it will shows company abc only (first column), how to make it seach through the second column n show company qwe as well?

### Answer:

This array formula looks up a value in a range (C3:E6) and returns multiple unique distinct values from a column (B3:B6). Cell C9 is the lookup value.

Array formula in cell B12:

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#### How to create an array formula

- Double click on cell B12.
- Copy (Ctrl + c) and paste (Ctrl + v) above array formula to cell B12.
- Press and hold Ctrl + Shift simultaneously.
- Press Enter once.
- Release all keys.

Array formulas allows you to do advanced calculations not possible with regular formulas.

#### How to copy array formula

- Select cell B12
- Copy (Ctrl + c)
- Select cell range B12:B14
- Paste ( Ctrl + v)

**Explaining array formula in cell B12**

**Step 1 - Find matching values in array**

($C$3:$E$6=$C$9)

becomes

{"Siemens", "omron", "mitsubishi";"Omron", "Siemens", 0;"Omron", "Moeller", 0;"mitsubishi", "Omron", 0}="Siemens"

and returns

{TRUE, FALSE, FALSE;FALSE, TRUE, FALSE;FALSE, FALSE, FALSE;FALSE, FALSE, FALSE}

**Step 2 - Remove duplicate values in array**

COUNTIF($B$11:B11, $B$3:$B$6)=0

becomes

COUNTIF("Company:", {"abc";"qwe";"asd";"zxc"})=0

becomes

{0; 0; 0; 0}=0

and returns

{TRUE; TRUE; TRUE; TRUE}

How to use the COUNTIF function

Counts the number of cells that meet a specific condition.

**Step 3 - Return row numbers**

IF(($C$3:$E$6=$C$9)*(COUNTIF($B$11:B11, $B$3:$B$6)=0), ROW($C$3:$E$6)-MIN(ROW($C$3:$E$6))+1, "")

becomes

IF(({TRUE, FALSE, FALSE;FALSE, TRUE, FALSE;FALSE, FALSE, FALSE;FALSE, FALSE, FALSE})*({TRUE; TRUE; TRUE; TRUE}), ROW($C$3:$E$6)-MIN(ROW($C$3:$E$6))+1, "")

becomes

IF({1, 0, 0;0, 1, 0;0, 0, 0;0, 0, 0}, ROW($C$3:$E$6)-MIN(ROW($C$3:$E$6))+1, "")

becomes

IF({1, 0, 0;0, 1, 0;0, 0, 0;0, 0, 0}, {1; 2; 3}, "")

and returns

{1, "", "";"", 2, "";"", "", "";"", "", ""}

Checks if a logical expression is met. Returns a specific value if TRUE and another specific value if FALSE.

**Step 4 - Find smallest row number**

SMALL(IF(($C$3:$E$6=$C$9)*(COUNTIF($B$11:B11, $B$3:$B$6)=0), ROW($C$3:$E$6)-MIN(ROW($C$3:$E$6))+1, ""), 1)

becomes

SMALL({1, "", "";"", 2, "";"", "", "";"", "", ""}, 1)

and returns 1.

The SMALL function lets you extract a number in a cell range based on how small it is compared to the other numbers in the group.

**Step 5 - Return a value or reference of the cell at the intersection of a particular row and column**

=INDEX($B$3:$B$6, SMALL(IF(($C$3:$E$6=$C$9)*(COUNTIF($B$11:B11, $B$3:$B$6)=0), ROW($C$3:$E$6)-MIN(ROW($C$3:$E$6))+1, ""), 1))

becomes

=INDEX($B$3:$B$6, 1)

and returns abc in cell B12.

Gets a value in a specific cell range based on a row and column number.

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Hi Oscar,

I am using your formula here to pull some data from a Google Sheet that is linked to a Google Form. How can I tweak the formula to allow duplicates to be shown? The way I have it written right now, as long as the values that match the criteria are different, they are returned. If I have any duplicate values it only returns the first of those.

=INDEX('Form Responses 1'!$D$2:$D$1006, SMALL(IF(('Form Responses 1'!$C$2:$C$1006=$A$1)*(COUNTIF($G$13:G13,'Form Responses 1'!$D$2:$D$1006)=0), ROW('Form Responses 1'!$C$2:$C$1006)-MIN(ROW('Form Responses 1'!$C$2:$C$1006))+1, ""), 1))

My goal is to search the Form Responses for a name that's in a cell and return all of the values in a designated column that match the name. There will be a lot of duplicates and I need those in my data.

I appreciate any advice you can offer! Thank you for putting all of this information out there for folks like me!

Robert,

Based on the example in this article the following formula seems to work:

=INDEX($B$3:$B$6,SMALL(IF(($C$3:$E$6=$C$9),ROW($C$3:$E$6)-MIN(ROW($C$3:$E$6))+1,""),ROWS($A$1:A1)))

Download Excel file:

Vlookup-a-cell-range-return-duplicates.xlsx