#### Explain INDEX MATCH

```Can someone please explain the Index, Match formula to me?  It is used in a
spreadsheet and I need to understand it.  Thank.
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Utf
4/6/2010 5:26:08 PM
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```Nadine wrote:
> Can someone please explain the Index, Match formula to me?  It is used in a
> spreadsheet and I need to understand it.  Thank.

http://www.contextures.com/xlFunctions03.html
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Glenn
4/6/2010 5:35:20 PM
```There are many different potential ways to write a formula using Index and
Match.

If you post the specific formula, it may help someone explain the usage
further.

Very briefly the syntax for Index is (Array,Row num, [Col num])
Thus Index(A1:A5,3) would return the value in A3 (the third postion in the
array)

If data cannot be sorted to allow a Lookup,Vlookup or Hloolup you may use a
Match function to get a position
A            B
1  Apples         7
2  Pears          5
3  Grapes        3
4  Oranges      4
5  Pinapples     2

The function Index(B1:B5,Match("Pears",A1:A5,0)) would retun the value 5

Match ("Pears",A1:A5,0) finds the position of the first item in A1:A5 that
exactly equals (signified by the ,0) "Pears"  in this case 2

The function is then reduced to Index(B1:B5,2) which returns the second item
in the array B1:B5 which is the number 5
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> Can someone please explain the Index, Match formula to me?  It is used in a
> spreadsheet and I need to understand it.  Thank.
```
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Utf
4/6/2010 5:52:40 PM
```Hi Nadine,
Take a look to Debra web, she has an excellent explanation and examples

http://www.contextures.com/xlFunctions03.html

> Can someone please explain the Index, Match formula to me?  It is used in a
> spreadsheet and I need to understand it.  Thank.
```
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Utf
4/6/2010 5:57:04 PM

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