## Lookup multiple values in different columns and return multiple values

I have a set of data, like the one you used in the original example that also has a column for the date of the transaction. I would like my Index-type formula to search for both the main item (the rep's name) and also if the date of the transaction falls in the date range).

Start Date: 11/26/2012

End Date: 11/30/2012 (both entered by the user)

Rep: John

Then the results, in each row/column of the 'result' section (INDEX formula results) would show results for John that occurred from 11/26 to 11/30 (including both dates).

Thanks for any help with the formula for that.

Jason

**Answer:**

The image above demonstrates a formula in cell range B18:B19 that extracts values from column C if the corresponding value in column B is between two given dates and the corresponding value in column A matches a specified value.

**Update 2020-12-17,** the new FILTER function is available for Excel 365 users. Regular formula in cell B18:

The FILTER function is a dynamic array formula meaning it returns an array of values to cell B18 and cells below automatically.

The following formula is for earlier Excel versions, array formula in cell B18:

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**How to create an array formula**

- Copy above array formula
- Double press with left mouse button on cell E2
- Paste array formula
- Press and hold Ctrl + Shift simultaneously
- Press Enter once
- Release all keys

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**How to copy array formula**

- Select cell E2
- Copy cell (Ctrl + c)
- Select cell E3:E20
- Paste (Ctrl + v)

### Explaining array formula in cell B18

You can easily follow along, select cell B18. Go to tab "Formulas" and press with left mouse button on "Evaluate formula" button.

Press with left mouse button on "Evaluate" button, shown in above picture, to move to next step.

**Step 1 - Compare value in cell B15 to cell range $B$2:$B$11**

**Step 1 - Compare value in cell B15 to cell range $B$2:$B$11**

$B$15=$B$2:$B$11

becomes

"John"={"John";"Jennifer";"Laura";"Paul";"John";"Laura";"Jennifer";"Paul";"Paul";"John"}

and returns

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

**Step 2 - Compare start and end date to date column**

**Step 2 - Compare start and end date to date column**

($A$2:$A$11<=$B$14)*($A$2:$A$11>=$B$13)

becomes

({TRUE; TRUE; TRUE; TRUE; TRUE; TRUE; TRUE; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE})*({TRUE; TRUE; TRUE; TRUE; TRUE; TRUE; TRUE; TRUE; TRUE; TRUE})

and returns

{1;1;1;1;1;1;1;0;0;0}

**Step 3 - If a record is a match return it´s row number**

**Step 3 - If a record is a match return it´s row number**

IF(($B$15=$B$2:$B$11)*($A$2:$A$11<=$B$14)*($A$2:$A$11>=$B$13),MATCH(ROW($A$2:$A$11),ROW($A$2:$A$11))

becomes

IF({TRUE; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE; TRUE; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE; TRUE}*{1;1;1;1;1;1;1;0;0;0},MATCH(ROW($A$2:$A$11),ROW($A$2:$A$11))

becomes

IF({1;0;0;0;1;0;0;0;0;0},{1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10})

and returns

{1;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;5;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE}

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

**Step 4 - Return the k-th smallest value**

**Step 4 - Return the k-th smallest value**

SMALL(IF(($B$15=$B$2:$B$11)*($A$2:$A$11<=$B$14)*($A$2:$A$11>=$B$13),MATCH(ROW($A$2:$A$11),ROW($A$2:$A$11)),""),ROW(A1))

becomes

SMALL({1; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE; 5; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE},ROW(A1))

becomes

SMALL({1; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE; 5; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE},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 the value of a cell at the intersection of a particular row and column**

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

INDEX($C$2:$C$11,SMALL(IF(($B$15=$B$2:$B$11)*($A$2:$A$11<=$B$14)*($A$2:$A$11>=$B$13),MATCH(ROW($A$2:$A$11),ROW($A$2:$A$11)),""),ROW(A1)))

becomes

INDEX($C$2:$C$11,1)

becomes

INDEX({"A"; "B"; "C"; "D"; "E"; "F"; "G"; "H"; "I"; "J"},1)

and returns A in cell B18.

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

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I just wonder if the following two solutions might be preferable to your complex array entered formula:

Since you presented the data in an Excel table

1 by filtering the Date and Rep columns, you will find your answer within seconds, with no programming.

2 by using Get & Transform (Power Query), we can filter the entire table to return the results Jason wants:

#"Filtered Rows" = Table.SelectRows(#"Changed Type", each [Date] >= #date(2012, 1, 1) and [Date] <= #date(2012, 1, 6) and [Rep] = "John")

In both cases, changes to the start and end dates and to the Rep can be made very easily.

Duncan Williamson,

I just wonder if the following two solutions might be preferable to your complex array entered formula:Yes, I know. You can also use an Excel defined Table.

This is a formula solution, this is sometimes useful in a dashboard or perhaps a dynamic chart.

Thank you for commenting.

Dear Oscar Cronquist,

Is it possible to change this Array formula in such way that is will not return the multiple values between two dates but that it returns the one value with the most recent date?

So in this example:

Search for: John

Result: J (as J is the one with the most recent date 2012-1-10)

Best regards,

Edu