MATCH function - Zoho Sheet - Help Guide


Returns the relative position of the given value in a given range.




MATCH(search_item; search_region; [match_type])

search_item: The value to search for in the given range. E.g. "Ming Yin"

search_region: The row/column to search. E.g. C2:C7

match_type: Determines how the given value is searched in the given range.  Defaults to 1 if omitted.

-1 - search_region must be sorted in the descending order. Exact match or next greatest value is considered.

0 - search_region can be unsorted. Exact and regex match are considered.

1 and >2 - search_region must be sorted in the ascending order. Exact match or next smallest value is considered.

2 - search_region must can be unsorted. Exact match is considered.



  • MATCH is case-insensitive, e.g. "APPLES" and "Apples" are treated similarly.

  • If you don't remember the complete text you have to search for, use  .*  after the initial characters. E.g. "Stand.*" for Standard Chairs





=MATCH( "Ming Yin" ; C2:C7 ;0)


=MATCH(3038; A2:A7 ;1)


Get a hands-on experience of the function in the embedded range below.


Possible Errors





  • The function could not find the value it was asked to look for. Commonly occurs in VLOOKUP and similar functions.


  • The function name is incorrect or invalid.

  • The given defined name (if any) is invalid.

  • There is a typo in the defined name used in the function.

  • Double quotes are missing for text values in the function.

  • Colon missing in a cell range reference.


  • The given argument's data type is incorrect or invalid.
    For example, the function =DATE(A1:A3) will return a #VALUE error when a text value is present in the range.


  • The given cell reference is incorrect or invalid. This error may occur when a cell/range has been deleted, moved, or pasted over.


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