## Locate lookup values in a table [HYPERLINK]

*Article last updated on January 17, 2018*

Today I´ll show you how to search a table column and jump to that table cell using the hyperlink function. When you click the cell that contains the HYPERLINK function, Excel goes to that location in the table.

**Formula in cell B2:**

### Explaining formula in cell B2

**Step 1 - Return the relative position of an item in an array that matches a specified value**

MATCH(A2, Table1[Number], 0)

becomes

MATCH(0.260463529541505, {0.129000449044708;0.440537695535749;0.532039509437168; ...}, 0)

and returns 39.

*Step 2 - Create a cell reference as text*

ADDRESS(MATCH(A2, Table1[Number], 0)+MIN(ROW(Table1[Number]))-1, 4)

becomes

ADDRESS(39+MIN(ROW(Table1[Number]))-1, 4)

becomes

ADDRESS(39+MIN(3)-1, 4)

becomes

ADDRESS(41, 4)

and returns $D$41

**Step 3 - Create a shortcut to a cell in sheet Table**

HYPERLINK("[Find values quickly.xlsx]Table!"&ADDRESS(MATCH(A2, Table1[Number], 0)+MIN(ROW(Table1[Number]))-1, 4), "Go to "&ADDRESS(MATCH(A2, Table1[Number], 0)+MIN(ROW(Table1[Number]))-1, 4))

becomes

=HYPERLINK("[Find values quickly.xlsx]Table!$D$41, "Go to $D$41")

### What if there are multiple values matching your lookup value?

(Don´t ask me why the underline and link color disappeared in the hyperlink array formulas.)

**Array formula in cell B2:**

### **How to create an array formula**

- Copy above array formula
- Select cell B2
- Click in formula bar

- Paste array formula
- Press and hold Ctrl + Shift
- Press Enter

**How to copy array formula**

- Select cell B2
- Copy cell (Ctrl + c)
- Select cell range C2:E2
- Paste (Ctrl + v)
- Select cell range B2:E2
- Copy (Ctrl + c)
- Select cell range B3:E7
- Paste (Ctrl + v)

### Explaining formula in cell B2

**Step 1 - Check if a condition is met and return corresponding row value if TRUE**

IF($A2=Table1[Number], ROW(Table1[Number]), "")

becomes

IF(0.260463529541505={0.129000449044708;0.440537695535749;0.532039509437168; ...}, {3, 4, 5, ...}, "")

and returns

{""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; 41; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; 261; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""}

**Step 2 - Return the k-th smallest value**

SMALL(*array*, *k*)

SMALL(IF($A2=Table1[Number], ROW(Table1[Number]), ""), COLUMN(A1))

becomes

SMALL({""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; 41; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; 261; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""; ""}, 1)

and returns 41.

**Step 3 - Create a shortcut to a cell in sheet Table**

HYPERLINK("[Find values quickly.xlsx]Table!"&ADDRESS(SMALL(IF($A2=Table1[Number], ROW(Table1[Number]), ""), COLUMN(A1)), 4), "Go to "&ADDRESS(SMALL(IF($A2=Table1[Number], ROW(Table1[Number]), ""), COLUMN(A1)), 4))

returns

HYPERLINK("[Find values quickly.xlsx]Table!$D$41, "Go to $D$41)

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Ah there we go, I had some issues commenting on this before.

Firstly, thank you for these excellent examples, very helpful and instructive.

I'm an accountant and the second part of this article (hyperlinking to multiple matches) would be fantastically useful to me but unfortunately I usually work in a column format, not horizontally as the example shows.

Would you mind showing me how I would need to change the formula to reflect multiple matches in a single column. So that if columns C,D,E were cleared and A2 was repeated in say A4 and A5 then A4 would be the next match and say "Go to D260" (currently C2 as it is showing the matches horizontally). As there would be no further matches then A5 would be blank and then the matches for A6 would then continue vertically.

Thank you very much for your time and I hope you don't mind showing me how to achieve this result.

Kind regards,

Oliver

Oliver,

I am happy you like it!

Array formula in cell B2:

Download excel *.xlsx file

Find-values-quicklyv2.xlsx

Hi Oscar,

Thanks so very much for the reply. I had tried using countif but clearly I wasn't putting it in the right spot!

Above you've explained very clearly what is happening with the rows etc and so I'm quite happy with this, unfortunately I am having trouble tailoring this for my own purpose which is to not reference a table(Table1[Number]) but rather a sheet (Sheet5!D:D). Somehow when I change the references, something unexpected happens and the formula no longer functions quite the same. Would you be so kind as to show me the correct usage for this method?

So for instance if I had the same sort of numbers but in column D in say, Sheet5, not a table.

My other question is whether there is a method for achieving the same result in VBA. While I have seen many attempts at creating separate lists showing differences or matches, this is quite unique in that it allows for navigation of a table (which is more reflective of what a manual process would be if I had to tick through each match).

Thank you very much for your help,

Oliver

Oliver,

Change the table references to absolute cell references.

Example:

to

Note! COUNTIF($A$2:A2, A2) uses both relative and absolute cell references.

Hi Oscar,

Thanks so very much for the reply. I had tried using countif but clearly I wasn't putting it in the right spot!

Above you've explained very clearly what is happening with the rows etc and so I'm quite happy with this, unfortunately I am having trouble tailoring this for my own purpose which is to not reference a table(Table1[Number]) but rather a sheet (Sheet5!D:D). Somehow when I change the references, something unexpected happens and the formula no longer functions quite the same. Would you be so kind as to show me the correct usage for this method?

So for instance if I had the same sort of numbers but in column D in say, Sheet5, not a table.

My other question is whether there is a method for achieving the same result in VBA. While I have seen many attempts at creating separate lists showing differences or matches, this is quite unique in that it allows for navigation of a table (which is more reflective of what a manual process would be if I had to tick through each match).

Thank you very much for your help,

Oliver

hai oscar,

I have a table with customers as column & products as rows. Price may different to each customer and product. i am using the following formula to find out the rate of an item for a particular customer;

"=IF(INDEX(TABLE3,MATCH(REF_ID,INDEX(TABLE3,,1),0),MATCH(REF_prod,INDEX(TABLE3,1,),0))<=0,"PLEASE INSERT A RATE",(INDEX(TABLE3,MATCH(REF_ID,INDEX(TABLE3,,1),0),MATCH(REF_prod,INDEX(TABLE3,1,),0)))).

now i want to locate/hyperlink the particular cell intersecting the customer reference and product reference. can u pls help me

RAJ.A.D,

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Hello oscar

i wanted to use your formula and play a bit with it but the file doesnt seem to work when i download (error cant open specific file when i press a hyperlink) now i wanted to know if it is possible ot extend that the look up value is now compared with the row number can be searched in 3 diffrent rows? And also is it possible to do it over several sheets?

Hello,

How about if I am using open office?

Faith

Sorry, I don't know.

I have 18 columns and more than 40 rows data, and I want peak the largest value among and lookup the corespondent value (heading and field name) with the data,

I tray =index(array,match(lookup value, array, 0)) returns #N/A,

array assume from $C$4:$T$391

lookup value AH4,

esse

Can you post your formula, there seems to be nothing wrong with the one you provided.

You get a #N/A error if the lookup value is not found.

Awesome!, Thanks, you made my day, really relieved.