# Lookup Any Occurrence in Any Table Column

## Return The Corresponding Cell to the Left or Right

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Excel is rich in lookup functions but lacks if you need to lookup the nth occurrence and return the corresponding cell to the left or right of the match.

Try this Custom Function, which should work in Excel 2000 or above. How to use.

Used in any cell like;
=Lookup_Occurrence("Jan",\$A\$1:\$C\$5000,2,-1,3)

```Function Lookup_Occurence(To_find, Table_array As Range, _
Look_in_col As Long, Offset_col, Occurrence As Long, _
Optional Case_sensitive As Boolean, Optional Part_cell_match As Boolean)

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''''''''Custom Function (http://www.ozgrid.com/VBA/Functions.htm) _
''''''''to lookup the nth occurrence (in part or in whole and can _
''''''''be case sensitive) in the 1st column of an table _
''''''''array and return the corresponding cell x columns to the _
''''''''right OR left.
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Dim lLoop As Long
Dim rFound As Range
Dim xlLook As XlLookAt
Dim lOcCheck As Long

If Part_cell_match = False Then
xlLook = xlWhole
Else
xlLook = xlPart
To_find = "*" & To_find & "*"
End If

Set rFound = Table_array.Columns(Look_in_col).Cells(1, 1)

On Error Resume Next
lOcCheck = WorksheetFunction.CountIf _
(Table_array.Columns(Look_in_col), To_find)

If lOcCheck < Occurrence Then
Lookup_Occurence = vbNullString
Else
For lLoop = 1 To Occurrence
Set rFound = Table_array.Columns(Look_in_col).Find _
(What:=To_find, After:=rFound, LookAt:=xlLook, LookIn:=xlValues, _
MatchCase:=Case_sensitive)
Next lLoop

On Error GoTo 0
Lookup_Occurence = rFound.Offset(0, Offset_col)
End If

End Function```

Used in any cell like;
=Lookup_Occurrence("Jan",\$A\$1:\$C\$5000,2,-1,3)

Where;
Jan is the value to find. (To_find)

\$A\$1:\$C\$5000 is data table AND A1:C1 has headings. (Table_array)

2 is the column (relative to Table_array) of the data table to look in, column B in this case. (Look_in_column)

-1 is the offset from the found occurrence (Column A in this case). It can be positive or negative. (Offset_column)

3 is the occurrence of Jan to find in Column B. (Occurrence)

Or, if you use TRUE, TRUE  (the default if omitted is FALSE, FALSE) for the last 2 optional arguments (Case_sensitive and Part_cell_match) it becomes case sensitive and looks for part cell matches. That is, a cell housing Jan. Is the next month. or The next month is Jan. or Next month is Jan, followed by Feb, will all be considered matches.

If the number of occurrences (based on your arguments) is not possible, the Function returns empty text.

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