Author: Oscar Cronquist Article last updated on December 30, 2018

Vlookup with multiple matches returns a different value in excel

Linda asks in this post: How to return multiple values using vlookup in excel

I tried using the formula above but it didn't work for me and I can't figure out how to adjust it to accomodate my needs.

Here is what I have: Data Range is in $E$1:$F$8, I would like my results in Col. B. Lookup value in column A and return the value in Col F that matches.

Since there are duplicates in Col. A I want Col. B to return the next matching value from col. F.

Essentially this is a Vlookup with multiple matches that would return a different value. Thanks for any help you can provide.

Data Range Col. A Col B
Red 2 Red
Green 6 Red
Pink 3 Red
Blue 9 Yellow
Red 7 Blue
Yellow 11 Blue
Blue 4
Red 14


Array Formula in cell B1:

=INDEX($F$1:$F$8, SMALL(IF(A1=$E$1:$E$8, ROW($E$1:$E$8)-MIN(ROW($E$1:$E$8))+1, ""), COUNTIF(A1:$A$1, A1)))

How to enter an array formula

  1. Select cell B2
  2. Type the formula above
  3. Press and hold CTRL + SHIFT
  4. Press Enter
  5. Release all keys

If you did it right, the formula now has curly brackets before and after, like this: {=array_formula}.

Copy cell B1 and paste it down as far as needed.

Explaining formula in cell B1

Step 1 - Find value



="Red={"Red"; "Green"; "Pink"; "Blue"; "Red"; "Yellow"; "Blue"; "Red"}

and returns


Step 2 - Replace TRUE with corresponding row number

The IF function has three arguments, the first one must be a logical expression. If the expression evaluates to TRUE then one thing happens (argument 2) and if FALSE another thing happens (argument 3).

IF(A1=$E$1:$E$8, ROW($E$1:$E$8)-MIN(ROW($E$1:$E$8))+1, "")