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How to use Excel INDEX function


All the basic information regarding INDEX function in Excel 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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