Using the example above, you can get the value from the field “Total” in a record where color is “Red” and “Day” is Tue with either of the two formulas below: The DGET function is designed to extract a single value based on matching criteria. When more than one record matches criteria, DGET will throw the #NUM error.

Criteria options

The criteria can include a variety of expressions, including some wildcards. The table below shows some examples: Note: it appears support for wildcards is not as extensive as with other functions like COUNTIFS, SUMIFS, MATCH etc. For example, the pattern ??? will match strings with 3 exactly characters in more modern functions, but not in the database functions. If you are using wildcards, test carefully.

Multi-row criteria

The criteria range for DGET can include more than one row below the headers. When criteria includes more than one row, each row is joined with OR logic, and the expressions in a given criteria row are joined with AND logic. Notes:

DGET will throw the #NUM error if more than one record matches criteria. DGET supports wildcards in criteria Criteria can include more than one row The field argument can be supplied as a name in double quotes ("") or as a number representing field index. The database and criteria ranges must include matching headers.

Dave Bruns

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