INDEX Function In Excel

This Excel Tutorial demonstrates how to use the Excel INDEX Function in Excel to return a value based on column and row references, with formula examples.

INDEX Function Description:

The INDEX Function Returns a cell value from a list or table based on it’s column and row numbers.

Formula Examples:

index function examples

Syntax and Arguments:

The Syntax for the INDEX Formula is:

Function Arguments ( Inputs ):




Additional Notes

Use the INDEX Function to return a value based on it’s position in a range of cells.

First define the range of cells from which to select. Next define the row and column numbers within the array.

You can use the MATCH Function with the INDEX Function to simulate a VLOOKUP Formula with the added benefit that the lookup column(row) does not need to be the leftmost(top) column(row).

INDEX Examples in VBA

You can also use the INDEX function in VBA. Type:
For the function arguments (array, etc.), you can either enter them directly into the function, or define variables to use instead.

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How to use the INDEX Function in Excel:

To use the AND Excel Worksheet Function, type the following into a cell:
After entering it in the cell, notice how the AND formula inputs appear below the cell:
index formula syntax
You will need to enter these inputs into the function. The function inputs are covered in more detail in the next section. However, if you ever need more help with the function, after typing “=INDEX(” into a cell, without leaving the cell, use the shortcut CTRL + A (A for Arguments) to open the “Insert Function Dialog Box” for detailed instructions:
how to use the index function in excel

For more information about the INDEX Formula visit the
Microsoft Website.


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