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Write a formula to get Department Budget for a Month [Homework]

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Time for another homework. You got a spreadsheet of department budgets and need to write a formula to get budget for a given department, month combination.


Homework Specifics:

Assume your data is in the table named budgets, D18 has department and D19 has month values.

You can use any formula in Excel to get the answer. Let’s get creative and have fun.

Post your solutions in the comments section. GO!!!

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40 Responses to “Write a formula to get Department Budget for a Month [Homework]”

  1. TheQ47 says:

    I'd use nested XLOOKUPs, as follows:


    • Kathi says:

      Almost the same, just accounted for "not found" and forced exact match.

      Verification pointed out that Administration was misspelled so I added Data Validation to D18 and D19.

  2. Finnur says:

    Old school:


  3. Prashant says:


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  5. Daniel says:


  6. Tan Yann Lin says:


  7. Jomili says:

    Way old school:

  8. Frank McCraw says:


  9. Craig says:

    So many functions to choose from.

    My first thought was an "old school" solution using OFFSET with MATCH. In trying to learn something new I came up with...


  10. Denys Calvin says:


    • Denys Calvin says:

      Using cell references, rather than range names:


      • Denys Calvin says:

        Whoops. Hadn't noticed "budgets" didn't include the header row. Third time lucky?


  11. mohammed mustafa says:

    Using the old Index and Match function

    And using the new Xlookup

    Using Filter

  12. fethi ben yahia says:


  13. fethi ben yahia says:


  14. John Johnston says:

    Just to be different....

    =XLOOKUP(D19,budgets[#Headers],FILTER(budgets,budgets[Department]=D18,""),"Not Found")

    I also found that the following works:


  15. Michael says:


    Will get you the answer

  16. SAM MO says:

    Name Monthly Ranges first


  17. Eric Surdez says:


  18. =VLOOKUP(D18,budgets[#All],MATCH(D19,budgets[#Headers],0),FALSE)

  19. Zaig says:


  20. Borg says:

    This approach should be quite pretty :

    in French
    =SOMME(RECHERCHEX(D18;C4:C11;D4:I11) RECHERCHEX(D19;D3:I3;D4:I11))

    in English, it should be :
    =SUM(XLOOKUP(D18;C4:C11;D4:I11) XLOOKUP(D19;D3:I3;D4:I11))

    with a space between the 2 XLOOKUP

  21. ari says:

    well sumproduct is powerfull

  22. Sanditon needs a Season2 says:


  23. Adem Kür?at Karaçil says:

    =+?ND?S(budgets[[Jan]:[Jun]];KAÇINCI(D18;budgets[Department];0);KAÇINCI(D19;budgets[[#Üst Bilgiler];[Jan]:[Jun]];0))

  24. Nadeem says:


  25. venky says:


    Assuming table starts in A1

  26. R1DZ says:

    Using Index and Matching Look Up row & column wise


  27. Guido says:

    1. define rangenames for the rows and columns
    2. then use the fomule =Marketing Apr

  28. Parshwa says:


  29. Mohan Krishna says:


    Please tell me if I am correct or wrong?

  30. andok says:


    here's mine, I hope this is a viable solution

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