My goal is to get the header (first row in another sheet) if the value is found in the column.

Because `VLOOKUP`

and `HLOOKUP`

have some issues (e.g. search criteria has to be in the first column of the matrix), I have to find some alternatives. For `VLOOKUP`

I’m using `INDEX`

together with `MATCH`

. Now I’m searching for an alternative for `HLOOKUP`

. I found this post, but can’t get it working.

I have two sheets:

**column**

```
Car Living Boat
----------------------------------
Kia appartment Jet-Ski
Chevrolet house speedboat
Ford condominium Yacht
Audi
```

**search column**

*Original formula*:

```
=INDEX(column!A1:C1;;MIN(WENN(column!A1:C5="speedboat";SPALTE(column!A:C))))
```

*Converted formula*:

```
=INDEX(column!A1:C1,,MIN(IF(column!A1:C5="speedboat",COLUMN(column!A:C))))
```

Currently the result of the above formula is *Car*. If I use the evaluate formula tool I can see, that the `IF`

clause isn’t evaluating the whole matrix, but I don’t know why. What I’m doing wrong?

How can I get the header of the column?

The problem is you are using an array formula that needs to be confirmed through `Ctrl``Shift``Enter`. You need to only do that once, and you are able to drag the formula.

If you don’t want to enter through `Ctrl``Shift``Enter`, an alternative to your formula could be:

```
=INDEX(column!A1:C1,SUMPRODUCT((column!A2:C5="speedboat")*(COLUMN(A2:C5))))
```

Or maybe even better:

```
=INDEX(column!A1:C1,MAX(INDEX((column!A2:C5="speedboat")*(COLUMN(A2:C5)),)))
```

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