There are various methods of returning a value from a Table array based on more than one criteria. Vlookup is used when there is only one criterion (condition). In this tutorial, we will be discussing the method involving **INDEX **and **MATCH.**

** **Let us consider an example, see below illustration:

The Formula in C2 is:

{= INDEX (E5:E24, MATCH (1, (A5:A24=A2) * (B5:B24=B2), 0))}

The above formula is an array formula so for it to work, instead of using the Enter key, you must use **CONTROL + SHIFT + ENTER**

**Here is how the formula works**

In the above example, we are looking up for the **Issue Price** of an item with **Art Name** of “Angel Unobserved” and **Type** “Limited Edition Canvas”. The first Excel Function that comes to mind is **VLOOKUP** but in this instance, **VLOOKUP** will not give the accurate Issue Price because we have more than one occurrence of “Angel Unobserved” plus **VLOOKUP** only works when one condition is to be met. **VLOOKUP** would return the Issue Price of the first “Angel Unobserved” it finds.

**MATCH** returns the location of an item in an array.

=MATCH (1, (A5:A24=A2) * (B5:B24=B2), 0

Here, we asked the **MATCH** function to search for 1 in an array we built from scratch. This array, A5:A24=A2, looks for A2 in A5:A24 and returns an array of TRUEs (which means 1 mathematically) and FALSEs (which is 0 mathematically).

**{FALSE; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE; TRUE; TRUE; TRUE; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE}**

TRUE for when it finds a match and FALSE for no match. Same thing goes for **(B5:B24=B2).**

**{FALSE; TRUE; FALSE; TRUE; FALSE; FALSE; TRUE; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE; FALSE; TRUE; TRUE; TRUE; FALSE; FALSE}**

Multiplying the 2 arrays will give an array of 1 and 0’s because 1×1=1, 1×0=0 and 0x1=0. So, **MATCH** will then return the location of the only 1 in the array, which is 7

**{0; 0; 0; 0; 0; 0; 1; 0; 0; 0; 0; 0; 0; 0; 0; 0; 0; 0; 0; 0}**

The last bit of this netted formula is the INDEX function. INDEX returns the value at the intersection of a row and column in a range. So, in the specified array, **E5:E24,** MATCH gives the position of what we are looking for, which is the 7^{th} cell in the E4:E24 array.

=INDEX (E5:E24, 7)

Remember to make use of **CONTROL + SHIFT + ENTER** because this is an array formula.