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How to use Excel INDEX function


All the basic information regarding INDEX function is listed in the table below. (This data is regularly updated from Microsoft and several resources)

Function: INDEX
Function Category: Lookup and reference
Description: Uses an index to choose a value from a reference or array
Return Value: The value at a given location.
Syntax: =INDEX (array, row_num, [col_num], [area_num])
Applies to: Excel 2016, Excel 2013, Excel 2011 for Mac, Excel 2010, Excel 2007, Excel 2003, Excel XP, Excel 2000
Other languages: English: INDEX
French: INDEX
German: INDEX
Spanish: INDICE
Dutch: INDEX
Italian: INDICE
Russian: ИНДЕКС
Danish: INDEKS
Swedish: INDEX
Portuguese (Brazil): ÍNDICE
Polish: INDEKS
Finnish: INDEKSI
Norwegian: INDEKS
Portuguese (Portugal): ÍNDICE
Czech: INDEX
Hungarian: INDEX
Turkish: İNDİS
All Other Languages: INDEX
Related Functions: MATCH, VLOOKUP



Syntax details with an example regarding the correct usage of function can be seen below.


=INDEX (array, row_num[col_num], [area_num])

array A range of cells, or an array constant.
row_num The row position in the reference or array.
col_num [optional] The column position in the reference or array.
area_num [optional] The range in reference that should be used.



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Microsoft Office support page – Excel INDEX function:

INDEX & MATCH functions in Excel – a better alternative to VLOOKUP:



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