Tag Archives: vlookup

Dear Analyst #51: Who is the real audience for custom data types in Excel?

To much fanfare, custom data types in Excel were released late last month (October 2020). This feature started off as a way to see “rich data” relating to stocks and geography in a cell, and now Microsoft is letting you define your own data types. Perhaps you want to see all attributes for a customer […]

Dear Analyst #41: How to do a VLOOKUP to the “left” without INDEX/MATCH with TikTok data

Since TikTok is in the news right now about who is going to buy them, I thought using some fake-ish TikTok acquisition data would be relevant for this episode. A classic Excel/Google Sheets challenge: how to do a VLOOKUP to the “left” e.g. your lookup column is not the first column in your lookup table. […]

Dear Analyst Episode 17: Excel introduces new feature XLOOKUP

New Excel feature alert! Probably one of the biggest announcements in a long time from the Excel world: a new function to supplant VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP. What is it you ask? The XLOOKUP function. Summary of XLOOKUP benefits I discuss some of the benefits, implications for new and existing users of Excel, and also some […]