How to do a Vlookup Using Text

In this Excel tutorial, you will learn how to vlookup using string of text. This is a simple trick you will understand and use many times in Excel.

Vlookup text formula

You can use vlookup to lookup text inside a string. For this, just use a vlookup with such a syntax:



"*" - some string of text

& - connection

A1 - here you have a string of text you are looking for in the array

& - again connection of formula

"*" - again some string of text

FALSE - that is kind of important, because you are looking for exact match here


Vlookup text example

Here is an example of Vlookup used with text in Excel.

You have a column of first names and family names. You want to find out the name of some person, but you only remember their family name.

vlookup string of text

=VLOOKUP("*"&A1&"*",B1:B10,1,FALSE) formula solves your problem.

Further reading:
How to create many to many lookup?
Backwards Vlookup