# WorksheetFunction.Match (Excel)

Returns the relative position of an item in an array that matches a specified value in a specified order. Use Match instead of one of the Lookup functions when you need the position of an item in a range instead of the item itself.

Lookup_value is the value that you want to match in lookup_array. For example, when you look up a number in a telephone book, you are using the person's name as the lookup value, but the telephone number is the value that you want. Lookup_value can be a value (number, text, or logical value) or a cell reference to a number, text, or logical value. If match_type is 1, Match finds the largest value that is less than or equal to lookup_value. Lookup_array must be placed in ascending order: ...-2, -1, 0, 1, 2, ..., A-Z, FALSE, TRUE. If match_type is 0, Match finds the first value that is exactly equal to lookup_value. Lookup_array can be in any order. Note that Match is case-insensitive. If match_type is -1, Match finds the smallest value that is greater than or equal to lookup_value. Lookup_array must be placed in descending order: TRUE, FALSE, Z-A, ...2, 1, 0, -1, -2, ..., and so on. If match_type is omitted, it is assumed to be 1. Match returns the position of the matched value within lookup_array, not the value itself. For example, MATCH("b",{"a","b","c"},0) returns 2, the relative position of "b" within the array {"a","b","c"}. Match does not distinguish between uppercase and lowercase letters when matching text values. If Match is unsuccessful in finding a match, it returns the #N/A error value. If match_type is 0 and lookup_value is text, you can use the wildcard characters, question mark (?) and asterisk (*), in lookup_value. A question mark matches any single character; an asterisk matches any sequence of characters. If you want to find an actual question mark or asterisk, type a tilde (~) before the character.

**Match** (Arg1, Arg2, Arg3)

```
Dim dblMatch As Double
dblMatch = WorksheetFunction.Match(Arg1:=, Arg2:=)
```

## Arguments

Arg1 - Lookup_value: the value that you use to find the value that you want in a table

Arg2 - Lookup_array: a contiguous range of cells containing possible lookup values. Lookup_array must be an array or an array reference

Arg3 - Match_type: the number -1, 0, or 1. Match_type specifies how Microsoft Excel matches lookup_value with values in lookup_array