Lookup and Reference Functions

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This document describes lookup and reference functions supported by the non-visual Spreadsheet component.

Name

Description

Syntax

ADDRESS

Returns a text reference to a worksheet cell.

ADDRESS(row_num, column_num, [abs_num], [a1], [sheet_text])

AREAS

Returns the number of areas in a reference. An area is a contiguous cell range or a single cell.

AREAS(reference)

CHOOSE

Selects a value from a list based on its index number.

CHOOSE(index_num, value1, [value2], …)

COLUMN

Returns the column number of a given cell reference or the number of the current column if no reference is supplied.

COLUMN([reference])

COLUMNS

Returns the number of columns in an array or reference.

COLUMNS(array)

FORMULATEXT

Returns a formula as a string.

FORMULATEXT(reference)

GETPIVOTDATA

Returns data stored in a PivotTable report.

GETPIVOTDATA(data_field, pivot_table, [field1, item1, field2, item2], …)

HLOOKUP

Searches for a value in the first table row, and returns a value in the same column from the specified row.

HLOOKUP(lookup_value, table_array, row_index_num, [range_lookup])

HYPERLINK

Creates a hyperlink.

HYPERLINK(link_location,friendly_name)

INDEX

Uses the row and column indexes to select a value from a reference or array.

INDEX(array, row_num, [column_num])
INDEX(reference, row_num, [column_num], [area_num])

INDIRECT

Returns a reference specified by a text value.

INDIRECT(ref_text, [a1])

LOOKUP

Looks in a one-row or one-column range for a value and returns a value from the same position in a second one-row or one-column range.

Vector form: LOOKUP(lookup_value, lookup_vector, [result_vector])

‘lookup_value’ is the value to look up in the ‘lookup_vector’ single column (single row) range, ‘lookup_vector’ is a list of data (single column or row range) used to search for the lookup_value; ‘result_vector’ is a range of the same size as ‘lookup_vector’. The function returns the value in ‘result_vector’ at the position where the match is found in ‘lookup_vector’.

Array form: LOOKUP(lookup_value, array)

‘lookup_value’ is the value that you wish to look up in the specified array and ‘array’ is a two-dimensional array of data. The first column (or row) of an array will be used to search for the ‘lookup_value’, and the value in the corresponding last column (or row) will be returned.

MATCH

Searches for a specified item in a cell range and returns the relative position of that item in the range.

MATCH(lookup_value, lookup_array, [match_type])

OFFSET

Returns a reference to a range that is a specified number of rows and columns from a cell or cell range.

OFFSET(reference, rows, cols, [height], [width])

ROW

Returns the row number of a given cell reference or the number of the current row if no reference is supplied.

ROW([reference])

ROWS

Returns the number of rows in a reference or array.

ROWS(array)

SINGLE

Reduces many values to a single value. This function works as follows:

  • If the ‘value’ parameter is a single item, the function returns this item.

  • If the ‘value’ is a range, the function returns the value from the cell in the same row or column as the formula.

  • If the ‘value’ is an array, the top-left value is returned.

The SINGLE function was originally introduced in Excel with dynamic arrays, but later was replaced with the @ operator.

SINGLE(value)

TRANSPOSE

Returns a vertical range of cells as a horizontal range, or vice versa.

TRANSPOSE(array)

VLOOKUP

Looks up a value in the first column of a table, and returns a value in the same row from a column you specify.

VLOOKUP( lookup_value, table_array, col_index_num, [range_lookup] )

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