# Excel HLOOKUP Function

Summary

HLOOKUP is an Excel function to lookup and retrieve data from a specific row in table. The "H" in HLOOKUP stands for "horizontal", where lookup values appear in the first row of the table, moving horizontally to the right. HLOOKUP supports approximate and exact matching, and wildcards (* ?) for finding partial matches.

Purpose

Look up a value in a table by matching on the first row

Return value

The matched value from a table.

Syntax

=HLOOKUP (value, table, row_index, [range_lookup])

Arguments

**value**- The value to look up.**table**- The table from which to retrieve data.**row_index**- The row number from which to retrieve data.**range_lookup**- [optional] A boolean to indicate exact match or approximate match. Default = TRUE = approximate match.

Usage notes

HLOOKUP searches for a value in the first row of a table. At the match column, it retrieves a value from the specified row. Use HLOOKUP when lookup values are located in the first row of a table. Use VLOOKUP when lookup values are located in the first column of a table.

**Range_lookup**controls whether**value**needs to match exactly or not. The default is TRUE = allow non-exact match.- Set
**range_lookup**to FALSE to require an exact match. - If
**range_lookup**is TRUE (the default setting), a non-exact match will cause the HLOOKUP function to match the nearest value in the table that is*still less than*.**value** - When
**range_lookup**is omitted, the HLOOKUP function will allow a non-exact match, but it__will use__an exact match if one exists. - If
**range_lookup**is TRUE (the default setting) make sure that lookup values in the first row of the table are sorted in ascending order. Otherwise, HLOOKUP may return an incorrect or unexpected value. - If
**range_lookup**is FALSE (require exact match), values in the first row of**table**do not need to be sorted.