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Using XLOOKUP Function's Power In VBA Macro Code

By Chris Newman •  Updated: 09/09/22 •  4 min read
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What This VBA Code Does

The following VBA code will show you how to utilize the power of Excel’s XLOOKUP function within your macros.

VBA Code:

The following VBA code provides a variable for each input into your XLOOKUP function.

Depending on your particular setup, you may need to tweak how these variables are dimensioned. For example, you might want your Lookup_Value to point to a range instead of entered as a string of text.

There is also an error handler included in case your user does not have access to XLOOKUP on the version of Excel they are running.

The example VBA code ultimately either returns the matched value or the “If Not Found” text via a message box.

Sub XlookupFunction()
'PURPOSE: Utilize XLOOKUP Function In VBA Macro
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com

Dim Lookup_Value As String
Dim Lookup_Array As Range
Dim Return_Array As Range
Dim If_Not_Found As String
Dim Result As Variant

'Inputs
  Lookup_Value = "ID13942"
  Set Lookup_Array = Range("B:B")
  Set Return_Array = Range("D:D")
  If_Not_Found = "N/A"

'Perform XLOOKUP and Store To Variable
  On Error GoTo CompatibilityIssue
    Result = Application.WorksheetFunction.Xlookup( _
      Lookup_Value, _
      Lookup_Array, _
      Return_Array, _
      If_Not_Found)
  On Error GoTo 0
    
'Report Lookup Result
  MsgBox Result
  Exit Sub

'ERROR HANDLERS
CompatibilityIssue:
  MsgBox "It does not appear that you have access to the XLOOKUP Function"
  
End Sub

VBA Code (Abbreviated):

The below VBA code shows a more concise way to write your XLOOKUP function. It uses the bracket notation as short-hand to reference the ActiveSheet Range.

Sub XlookupFunction()
'PURPOSE: Utilize XLOOKUP Function In VBA Macro
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com

Dim Result As Variant

'Perform XLOOKUP and Store To Variable
  On Error GoTo CompatibilityIssue
  Result = Application.WorksheetFunction.Xlookup("ID13942", [B:B], [D:D], "N/A")
  On Error GoTo 0
  
'Report Lookup Result
  MsgBox Result
  Exit Sub

'ERROR HANDLERS
CompatibilityIssue:
  MsgBox "It does not appear that you have access to the XLOOKUP Function"
  
End Sub

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Chris Newman

Chris is a finance professional and Excel MVP recognized by Microsoft since 2016. With his expertise, he founded TheSpreadsheetGuru blog to help fellow Excel users, where he shares his vast creative solutions & expertise. In addition, he has developed over 7 widely-used Excel Add-ins that have been embraced by individuals and companies worldwide.