## Locate lookup values in an Excel table [HYPERLINK]

Today I'll show you a formula that returns a hyperlink pointing to a location based on a lookup value. When you press with left mouse button on the cell that contains the hyperlink text, Excel takes in an instant to that location in the table.

The formula is dynamic meaning if you change the search value the formula changes the location and the hyperlink text instantly.

**Formula in cell C3:**

This formula finds only the first instance of the search value, se further down the article for a formula that returns multiple results.

The Excel defined Table is located on worksheet "Table", the image above shows some records of that Excel defined Table.

### Explaining formula in cell C3

I recommend you use the "Evaluate Formula" feature in Excel to examine calculations step by step.

Select cell C3, go to tab "Formulas" on the ribbon and press with left mouse button on the "Evaluate Formula" button.

(*The formula shown in the above image is not the formula used in this article.*)

Press with left mouse button on "Evaluate" button to see the next step in the formula calculations.

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

The MATCH function returns the relative position of a value in a column.

MATCH(A2, Table1[Number], 0)

becomes

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

(Array shortened)

and returns 39.

#### Step 2 - Create a cell reference as text

The ADDRESS function returns a cell reference based on a row and column number. ADDRESS(*row_num*, *column_num*, [*abs_num*], [*a1*], [*sheet_text*])

ADDRESS(MATCH(A2, Table1[Number], 0)+MIN(ROW(Table1[Number]))-1, 5)

becomes

ADDRESS(39+MIN(ROW(Table1[Number]))-1, 5)

The MATCH function returns a relative position, it does not take into account cells above the Excel Table. We need to determine how many cells are above the Excel Table.

ADDRESS(39+MIN(ROW(Table1[Number]))-1, 5)

becomes

ADDRESS(39+MIN(3)-1, 5)

becomes

ADDRESS(41, 5)

The second argument is the column number and is hardcoded into the formula, you must change this to the column number to a number representing the column you search.

ADDRESS(41, 5)

and returns $E$41

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

The HYPERLINK function lets you build a hyperlink in a cell. It has the following arguments: HYPERLINK(*link_location*, [*friendly_name*])

HYPERLINK("[Find values quickly.xlsx]Table!"&ADDRESS(MATCH(A2, Table1[Number], 0)+MIN(ROW(Table1[Number]))-1, 5), "Go to "&ADDRESS(MATCH(A2, Table1[Number], 0)+MIN(ROW(Table1[Number]))-1, 5))

becomes

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

The animated image above shows what happens when you press with left mouse button on a hyperlink, note that the lookup value match the number.

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

Array formula in cell C3:

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

- Copy above array formula
- Select cell B2
- Press with left mouse button on 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; ... ; ""} (Array shortened)

Step 2 - Return the k-th smallest value

SMALL(*array*, *k*)

SMALL(IF($A2=Table1[Number], ROW(Table1[Number]), ""), COLUMNS($A$1:A1))

becomes

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

and returns 41.

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

HYPERLINK("[Find values quickly.xlsx]Table!"&ADDRESS(SMALL(IF($A2=Table1[Number], ROW(Table1[Number]), ""), COLUMNS($A$1:A1)), 4), "Go to "&ADDRESS(SMALL(IF($A2=Table1[Number], ROW(Table1[Number]), ""), COLUMNS($A$1: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:

Get the 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,

read this post: Locate a particular cell in a table

[…] out Oscar Cronquist’s post about dynamic […]

Hello oscar

I wanted to use your formula and play a bit with it but the file doesn't seem to work when I got (error cant open the specific file when I press a hyperlink) now I wanted to know if it is possible to extend that the lookup value is now compared with the row number can be searched in 3 different 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.

I get the message " Cannot open the specified file"

Mark,

You need to enter the name of your workbook file in the formula:

[Find values quickly.xlsx]Table!

Find values quickly.xlsx is my file name.