# XLOOKUP wildcard match example

=XLOOKUP(value,lookup,return,"not found",2)

To perform a partial match with XLOOKUP, supply 2 for the match mode argument to allow wildcards. In the example shown, the formula in H7 is:

which performs a wildcard match with the value in H4 and returns all 4 fields as the result. The TRANSPOSE function is optional and used here only to convert the result from XLOOKUP to a vertical array.

Working from the inside out, XLOOKUP is configured to find the value in H4 in the Last name column, and return all fields. In order to support wildcards, *match_mode* is provided as 2:

XLOOKUP(H4,D5:D15,B5:E15,2) // match Last, return all fields

- The
*lookup_value*comes from cell H4 - The
*lookup_array*is the range D5:D15, which contains Last names - The
*return_array*is B5:E15, which contains all all fields - The
*not_found*argument is set to "Not found" - The
*match_mode*is is 2, to allow wildcards - The
*search_mode*is not provided and defaults to 1 (first to last)

Since H4 contains "corr*", XLOOKUP finds the first Last name beginning with "corr" and returns all four fields in a horizontal array:

{648,"Sharyn","Corriveau","Support"}

This result is returned directly to the TRANSPOSE function:

=TRANSPOSE({648,"Sharyn","Corriveau","Support"})

The TRANSPOSE function changes the array from horizontal to vertical:

{648;"Sharyn";"Corriveau";"Support"} // vertical array

and the array values spill into the range H7:H10.

### With implicit wildcard

In the example above, the asterisk wildcard (*) is entered explicitly into the lookup value. To pass in the wildcard implicitly, you can adjust the formula like this:

Above, we concatenate the asterisk wildcard (*) to the value in H4 in the formula itself. This will append the asterisk to any value entered in H4, and XLOOKUP will perform a wildcard lookup.

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