VLOOKUP is better because it is easier to understand for beginner to intermediate Excel users. INDEX-MATCH is better because it will continue to work if you insert or delete columns in the lookup table and allows the lookup column to be anywhere in the table.

## What is the advantage of using INDEX with match vs VLOOKUP?

VLOOKUP will only work if the lookup value is in the first column. VLOOKUP cannot look to its left. However, INDEX MATCH solves this problem as it performs the lookup both horizontally and vertically. So, it doesnt require the lookup value to be in the first column, it can be anywhere.

## Why is INDEX match superior to VLOOKUP?

The greatest benefit of using INDEX MATCH over VLOOKUP is the fact that, with INDEX MATCH, you can insert columns in your table array without distorting your lookup results. With VLOOKUP, any inserted or deleted column that displaces your return values will change the results of your formulas.

## Can I use INDEX match instead of VLOOKUP?

INDEX and MATCH works very well if your lookup data is not in the first column, or you want to look to the left of the lookup data, rather than to the right, which is all VLOOKUP can do.

## Does INDEX match use more memory than VLOOKUP?

I recommend using INDEX and MATCH. VLOOKUP is slightly faster (approx. 5%), simpler and uses less memory than a combination of MATCH and INDEX or OFFSET. However the additional flexibility offered by MATCH and INDEX often allows you to make significant timesaving compared to VLOOKUP.

## Which is faster VLOOKUP or Xlookup?

Compared to a normal VLOOKUP, the binary XLOOKUP is significantly faster. But a VLOOKUP with a approximate match is still a little bit faster. The binary XLOOKUP is slightly slower than an approximate VLOOKUP (~16% slower).

## What is an alternative to VLOOKUP?

INDEX-MATCH 1) INDEX-MATCH: If you dont have an Office 365 subscription, INDEX-MATCH is your best alternative to VLOOKUP. INDEX formula provides you with the exact location of a cell in a range. By nesting the MATCH formula in INDEX, you can replace VLOOKUP in a much more robust way.

## What is better than a VLOOKUP?

Simply put, the LOOKUP Function is better than VLOOKUP, as its less restrictive in its use. It was only introduced by Microsoft in 2016, so its still new to most users. Benefits of LOOKUP vs VLOOKUP: Users can search for data both vertically (columns) and horizontally (rows)

## Can you use VLOOKUP if there are duplicates?

We can use VLOOKUP formula to compare two columns (or lists) and find the duplicate values. Vlookup helps to find duplicates in Two Column and duplicate rows based on Multiple Columns.

## What is INDEX match used for?

The INDEX MATCH function is one of Excels most powerful features. The older brother of the much-used VLOOKUP , INDEX MATCH allows you to look up values in a table based off of other rows and columns. And, unlike VLOOKUP , it can be used on rows, columns, or both at the same time.

## What are the disadvantages 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.

## What is a Xlookup?

Use the XLOOKUP function to find things in a table or range by row. With XLOOKUP, you can look in one column for a search term, and return a result from the same row in another column, regardless of which side the return column is on.

## What is Xlookup vs VLOOKUP?

The range for the VLOOKUP includes the entire column, but the XLOOKUP splits the referenced ranges to a range to search and one to find the returned value. Also note that the XLOOKUP used one formula to return two values.

## What is VLOOKUP good for?

When you need to find information in a large spreadsheet, or you are always looking for the same kind of information, use the VLOOKUP function. VLOOKUP works a lot like a phone book, where you start with the piece of data you know, like someones name, in order to find out what you dont know, like their phone number.

## Can we use VLOOKUP for multiple lookup values?

To set up a multiple criteria VLOOKUP, follow these 3 steps: Add a helper column and concatenate (join) values from columns you want to use for your criteria. The helper column must be the first column in the table. For the lookup value, join the same values in the same order to match values in the helper column.

## Does VLOOKUP find the first value?

VLOOKUP can only handle a single criteria By design, VLOOKUP can only find values based on a single criteria, which is supplied as a lookup value to find in the first column of the table (the lookup column).

## Can you use INDEX match horizontal?

INDEX MATCH combination can easily handle horizontal as well as vertical data.