-- SonicaSharma - 29 Apr 2010

Common Functions Used in Excel for CS 100


Most appropriate to use when you are using a search key to find an entry in a table.

Consists of 4 parameters: VLOOKUP(lookup_value, table_array, col_index_num, range_lookup)

  • lookup_value is the value to be found in the first column of the table.
  • table_array is the table of information in which data is searched in.
  • col_index_num is the column number in table_array from which the matching value must be returned.
  • range_lookup is a logical value that specifies whether you want VLOOKUP to find an exact match or an approximate match.


The INDIRECT function takes one parameter (a label) and interprets that label as a cell address, cell range, name assigned to a cell, or to a cell range.

Consists of 2 parameters: INDIRECT(ref_text, a1)

  • ref_text refers to a cell that contains A1-style reference.
  • a1 is a logical value that specifies what type of reference is contained in the cell ref_text.
Topic revision: r1 - 2010-04-29 - SonicaSharma
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