Pragmatic Excel - Introduction to Lookup Functions

Are you looking for functions within Excel that allow you to rapidly develop accurate spreadsheets as well as look up information, such as pay rates, item prices, and accounting results? In this comprehensive course, Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, introduces you to several of these ...

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Course Description

Who Would Be Interested in This Course:

Practitioners who wish to learn how to implement a variety of lookup functions, which will allow them to avoid manually linking to specific cells and work more efficiently in Excel.


Topics Covered:

•        Comparing the MIN, SMALL, MAX, and LARGE functions. 

•        Employing the SUMIF function to sum values related to multiple instances of criteria you specify. 

•        Exploring why VLOOKUP sometimes returns #N/A instead of a desired result. 

•        Future-proofing VLOOKUP by referencing entire columns when available. 

•        Future-proofing VLOOKUP by using Excel’s Table feature versus referencing static ranges. 

•        Implementing Data Validation to ensure users make choices that VLOOKUP will recognize as valid. 

•        Improving the integrity of spreadsheets with Excel’s VLOOKUP function. 

•        Learning what types of user actions can trigger #REF! errors. 

•        Reconstructing spreadsheet data to use VLOOKUP as a better alternative to nesting IF functions. 

•        Simplifying multiple-field lookups with concatenation (combining fields into a single cell). 

•        Troubleshooting other errors VLOOKUP can present, such as #REF!, #NAME!, and #VALUE!. 

•        Understanding situations that cause Excel’s VLOOKUP function to return #REF! instead of a value.


Learning Objectives:

•        Define the purpose of Excel’s IFERROR worksheet function.

•        Identify what you can use in place of the word “TRUE” in VLOOKUP to return an approximate match.

•        Recall the keyboard shortcut that toggles absolute references within a formula.




Course Walkthrough

  • Course: Pragmatic Excel - Introduction to Lookup Functions
  • CPD Quiz - Pragmatic Excel - Introduction to Lookup Functions
  • Introduction to Lookup Functions - Participant Handout
  • Introduction to Lookup Functions - Sample File
  • Introduction to Lookup Functions - Participant Discussions
  • Feedback / comments
  • Certificate - Introduction to Lookup Functions

About the Instructor(s)

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David Ringstrom