# HLOOKUP

The HLOOKUP function is used to search for a value in the top row of a table or an array and return a value in the same column from a specified row. It is handy for looking up data in horizontal headers.

Try out HLOOKUP

Example explanation
Cell A5 uses the HLOOKUP function to find the population of 'France' from the first row and return the value from the second row.

## Syntax ðŸ”—

=HLOOKUP(`lookup_value`, `table_array`, `row_index_num`, `[range_lookup]`)

## About HLOOKUP ðŸ”—

In the expansive landscape of Excel functions, HLOOKUP emerges as a stalwart tool for searching and fetching data from horizontal tables or arrays. This function proves to be indispensable for tasks demanding the retrieval of specific details aligned with a particular criteria across rows within a dataset. Whether navigating financial reports, inventory listings, or project timelines, HLOOKUP streamlines the process by pinpointing and extracting relevant information effectively and efficiently.

## Examples ðŸ”—

Suppose you have a table with student grades arranged horizontally and you want to find the grade of a student named 'Alice'. The HLOOKUP formula would be: =HLOOKUP('Alice', A1:D6, 3, FALSE)

Imagine you have a price list with items listed horizontally, and you wish to retrieve the price of an item named 'Chair'. The HLOOKUP formula would be: =HLOOKUP('Chair', A1:D4, 2, TRUE)

## Notes ðŸ”—

The HLOOKUP function assumes that the table_array contains headers in the top row for accurate lookup. Ensure the data is organized with the search value present in the top row and the corresponding values in subsequent rows. Adjust the range_lookup parameter based on whether an exact or approximate match is required.

## Questions ðŸ”—

How does the HLOOKUP function differ from VLOOKUP?

The key distinction between HLOOKUP and VLOOKUP lies in the orientation of the lookup table. HLOOKUP searches for a value in the top row of a table and retrieves a value from the specified row, while VLOOKUP looks for a value in the leftmost column of a table and fetches a value from the specified column.

Can I use wildcard characters with the HLOOKUP function?

No, the HLOOKUP function does not support wildcard characters for matching patterns. It performs exact or approximate matches based on the range_lookup parameter specified.

Is it possible to nest HLOOKUP functions within other functions or formulas?

Yes, you can nest HLOOKUP functions inside other functions or formulas in Excel to create more complex lookup scenarios. This allows for dynamic data retrieval based on specific criteria or conditions.

What happens if the lookup_value is not found in the top row of the table_array?

If the lookup_value is not found in the top row of the table_array and range_lookup is set to TRUE for an approximate match, HLOOKUP will return the next largest value less than the lookup_value. If range_lookup is set to FALSE for an exact match, HLOOKUP will return an error (#N/A).