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In this presentation you’ll get an overview of the new XLOOKUP function and see how it compares to both VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP and INDEX/MATCH, as well as the similarities that XLOOKUP has with the obsolete LOOKUP function in Excel. XLOOKUP is available to Office 365 subscribers, and is not available in Excel 2019, 2016, or any earlier versions. Some compelling aspects of XLOOKUP include the ability to look across rows or down columns, return data to the left or right of the lookup_value column, return results from multiple columns or rows, and much more. The presentation offers a detailed comparison of XLOOKUP versus the most commonly used look-up functions in Excel.

David demonstrates every technique at least twice: first, on a PowerPoint slide with numbered steps, and second, in the Office 365 version of Excel. David draws your attention to any differences in the older versions of Excel (2019, 2016, 2013, and earlier) during the presentation as well as in his detailed handouts. David also provides an Excel workbook that includes most of the examples he uses during the webcast.

Office 365 is a subscription-based product that provides new-feature updates as often as monthly. Conversely, the perpetual licensed versions of Excel have feature sets that don’t change. Perpetual licensed versions have year numbers, such as Excel 2019, Excel 2016, and so on.

Who should attend:

  • Practitioners interested in seeing the capabilities of the new XLOOKUP worksheet function in Office 365.

Topics typically covered:

  • Determining if you have the subscription-based Office 365 version of Excel or a perpetually licensed version.
  • Reviewing the LOOKUP function and its limitations.
  • Improving the integrity of spreadsheets with Excel’s VLOOKUP function.
  • Using the HLOOKUP function to look across rows instead of down columns.
  • Contrasting INDEX/MATCH to VLOOKUP.
  • Introducing the XLOOKUP worksheet function.
  • Using XLOOKUP to find the last match.
  • Using XLOOKUP to find lookups to the LEFT (instead of only to the right with VLOOKUP).
  • Contrast how XLOOKUP defaults to an exact match instead of an approximate match like VLOOKUP.
  • Return a cell range, instead of a single value, which means you can return multiple values.
  • Understand wildcard support in XLOOKUP versus VLOOKUP.
  • Find approximate matches without sorting.
  • Contrast the MATCH function to the new XMATCH function.
  • Learn about the Microsoft Excel Insider program that can help speed up access to forthcoming new features in Office 365.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the purpose of Excel’s XLOOKUP function.
  • Explore the purpose of the column_index_num argument within VLOOKUP.
  • Identify the number of criteria pairs that you can specify in the MAXIFS function.
  • Discover what the MATCH function returns when the lookup_value is found.
Last updated/reviewed: June 8, 2021

12 Reviews (40 ratings)Reviews

Member's Profile
i didnt know that xlookup existed until i saw this course, and it is a surprisingly easy way to supplant both vlookup and hlookup. however, i was hoping to find something to replace index-match, which xlookup does not appear to do (the arguments still require that you identify a certain column in which the value you want to lookup resides, so it does not allow you to "find" a column in which your value exists in the way that the match function does
Anonymous Author
This course is good for beginners, but he is missing the Xlookup equivalent for looking up from a row and column header (Index match match). I think it would be beneficial to look into this since I find that many people are unaware of this functionality.
Member's Profile
I have used XLOOKUP but there are more tricks than what I thought. Something that I would like to see is to add using data tables within the XLOOKUP function to be able to pull from different columns and rows dynamically.
Member's Profile
I was glad there was a brief overview of the functions that are incorporated into the XLOOKUP function. I was not exposed to some of those functions, which would have made XLOOKUP more difficult to understand and use.
Member's Profile
The instructor was very thorough on explaining xlookup and its functionality. Furthermore, he provided detailed examples on how to overcome the constraints of vlookup, hlookup, xlookup and other formulas.
Anonymous Author
Excellent course. The Xlookup function is a game changer. This course explains the power of this function and provides easy to follow examples. The slide deck is a handy reference tool.
Anonymous Author
This course was very informative and showed a lot more than Xlookup. It compared Xlookup to alternatives and discussed the pros and cons. It was great.
Anonymous Author
Nice presentation. Please add a formula to add Xlookup function within Xlookup to return rows and columns (similar to 2 way index &match function)
Anonymous Author
I really like David's teaching approach because it makes it easy to follow and he provides really good slides to reference. Great course to take!
Anonymous Author
This is a wonderful very detail course. I especially like the step by step comparison of different syntax to explain the XLOOKUP function.
Member's Profile
Xlookup is a game changer. I am so glad I came across this video. And a great presentation and examples.
Member's Profile
Xlookup is pretty spectacular! But if you don;t have it yet, great refresher on Vlookup and others.


Course Complexity: Intermediate

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.

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Course Syllabus
  3:07Introduction to XLOOKUP
  15:44Excel Efficiency: XLOOKUP-Part 1
  14:42Excel Efficiency: XLOOKUP-Part 2
  15:12Excel Efficiency: XLOOKUP-Part 3
  15:04Excel Efficiency: XLOOKUP-Part 4
  12:48Excel Efficiency: XLOOKUP-Part 5
  13:59Excel Efficiency: XLOOKUP-Part 6
  14:15Excel Efficiency: XLOOKUP-Part 7
  1:44:51Excel Efficiency: XLOOKUP
  PDFSlides: Excel Efficiency: XLOOKUP
  PDFExcel Efficiency: XLOOKUP Glossary/ Index
  XLSXHandouts: Excel Efficiency: XLOOKUP