# INDEX

## Rational

Return a cell value as per row‐and‐column intersection.

## Description

The Excel INDEX function returns a cell value from one or multiple data range at a given row‐and‐column intersection. This formula can be used to extract a specific value from a large set of data.
INDEX is generally used with MATCH function that finds the relative row and column of a reference.

## Syntax

= INDEX(array, row_num, [column_num])
= INDEX(reference, row_num, [column_num], [area_num])

## Parameters

array – The table or array to extract data
reference – One or more data range.
row_number – Row number in the data range
column_number [optional] – Column number in the data range
area_number [optional] – Specify the data range to be used.

## Return Value

Value of a specific position in a data range

## Key Notes

• The INDEX function is useful to return a set of value based on its location in the worksheet.
• If a single row or column represents the data table (array), then the corresponding row_num or column_num argument is optional.

There are two ways to use the INDEX function:

Array form
In the array form of INDEX, the first parameter is array, and return based on the intersection of row and column from one cell range.

Reference Form
In the reference form of INDEX, the first parameter is a reference, return based on the intersection of row and column from one or more nonadjacent cell range. Moreover, area_number [optional] indicate which cell range to search.

Example

For Example, to show any number, text in a cell we apply  the formula =INDEX(H7:L12,2,1)  returns  (February) as to get value.

### Excel INDEX & MATCH function (Multiple Dependent Drop-Down lists)

Understand using the Excel INDEX and MATCH functions for locating data and returning its value together with dynamic multiple Drop-Down lists (Advance users).