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## What is the limitation of VLOOKUP?

Limitations of VLOOKUP

One major limitation of VLOOKUP is **that it cannot look to the left**. The values to lookup must always be on the left-most column of the range and the values to return must be on the right hand side. You cannot use the standard VLOOKUP to look at the columns and the rows to find an exact match.

## Does VLOOKUP have a text limit?

In Excel, it’s not possible to use VLOOKUP if the value you are searching for in a range is longer **than 255 characters**.

## How many columns can VLOOKUP handle?

The syntax for VLOOKUP is =VLOOKUP (value, table_array, col_index, [range_lookup]). In its general format, you can use it to look up on **one column at a time**. However, tweaking the formula allows us to use VLOOKUP to look across multiple columns. VLOOKUP doesn’t handle multiple columns.

## Can you use VLOOKUP for multiple rows?

Well, VLOOKUP is designed to return a single value, **not multiple values**.

## What are the two main causes of errors for VLOOKUP?

**There could be some reasons why VLOOKUP returns this error.**

- Extra Spaces in Lookup Value. …
- Typo mistake in Lookup_Value. …
- Numeric values are formatted as Text. …
- Lookup Value not in First column of table array.

## What is the benefit of VLOOKUP?

Users can search for data both vertically (columns) and horizontally (rows) **Allows for left-to-right and right-to-left procedures** (VLOOKUP is only left-to-right) Simpler to use and doesn’t require selecting the entire table. Can replace both VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP functions.

## How is Xlookup different from VLOOKUP?

XLOOKUP **defaults to an exact match**. VLOOKUP defaults to an “approximate” match, requiring that you add the “false” argument at the end of your VLOOKUP to perform an exact match. … XLOOKUP can perform horizontal or vertical lookups. The XLOOKUP replaces both the VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP.

## How do I stop 255 character limit in Excel?

Text values in formulas are limited to 255 characters. To create text values longer than 255 characters in a formula, **use the CONCATENATE function or the concatenation operator (&)**.

## What does match mean in Excel?

The MATCH function **searches for a specified item in a range of cells, and then returns the relative position of that item in the range**. For example, if the range A1:A3 contains the values 5, 25, and 38, then the formula =MATCH(25,A1:A3,0) returns the number 2, because 25 is the second item in the range.

## Why do we use 0 in VLOOKUP?

When using “False” or “0” **it will return an exact match**. Excel will start at the top of the list and work down, if the lookup value exists in the list it will return a value, but if it does not, it will return #N/A. This seems easy to understand, if it’s there, it returns a value, if it’s not, it won’t.

## Why is my VLOOKUP returning NA when value exists?

The most common cause of the #N/A error is with VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP, LOOKUP, or MATCH functions **if a formula can’t find a referenced value**. For example, your lookup value doesn’t exist in the source data. In this case there is no “Banana” listed in the lookup table, so VLOOKUP returns a #N/A error.

## Can you VLOOKUP 2 values?

As mentioned in the beginning of this tutorial, **there is no way to make Excel VLOOKUP return multiple values**. The task can be accomplished by using the following functions in an array formula: IF – evaluates the condition and returns one value if the condition is met, and another value if the condition is not met.

## Can you do a VLOOKUP with two conditions?

You can perform this for more than two criteria as **long as the “helper” column has unique data in the rows**, and it matches what you are searching for in the VLOOKUP formula. Concatenation is a great way to account for multiple-string search criteria.