VLOOKUP only works with data that's organized in columns (e.g., in vertical sections), meaning that your data most likely has headers in the top row of cells but not in the far-left column of cells. If your data is organized by rows instead, you'll won't be able to use VLOOKUP to find a value.Why is index match better than VLOOKUP?
Why INDEX-MATCH is better than VLOOKUP. There are many ways of looking up and retrieving values from a table of data in Excel. The VLOOKUP() and HLOOKUP() functions are widely used because of their simplicity, but they have some limitations and can fall down in certain situations. The INDEX(MATCH()) combo is a far more robust and reliable method.Can I use VLOOKUP without an exact match?
If set to TRUE or "1" (which is the default) VLOOKUP will allow a non-exact match. If set to "0"or FALSE, VLOOKUP will require an exact match. In this case, we definitely want to allow a non-exact match because the exact sales amounts will not appear in the lookup table, so I'll use TRUE.