Tom’s Tutorials For Excel: Looking Up the Address of an Item in a List

Tom’s Tutorials For Excel: Looking Up the Address of an Item in a List

Here is a formula that returns the address of the cell in a list that contains a particular item. In the picture, cell D2 contains a Widget Stock Number, and cell E2 contains this array formula to return the item’s address:
=ADDRESS(MIN(IF(A3:A15=D2,ROW(3:15))),1)

Recall, an array formula is applied to a cell by simultaneously pressing the Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys, not just Enter. The curly braces are not typed in by you; Excel places them automatically when the array formula is properly applied.

If you are unfamiliar with array formulas, see my video and explanation of arrays here.

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3 comments on “Tom’s Tutorials For Excel: Looking Up the Address of an Item in a List
  1. Alex says:

    Hello,

    why does your formula work with commas? I have to use semicolons. I use Excel 2010, German Edition.

    Greetings from Austria, Alex

    • Tom Urtis says:

      It might be a difference due to country or region. I’m in the United States and I just tried the formula using semicolons instead of commas and it failed. I’ve seen a few stories on the web about this.

  2. Hussein Korish says:

    The difference is because the Region Format in windows control panel ,you can choose the way how to seperate numbers.

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