I have a range with a list of values (depths). I'd like to be able to select the row where the depth matches a value in a cell I provide. If no value matches, the greater value should be selected.

Here's the range.

The solution I found, is to have a temporary area where I revert the order of the range, then I use MATCH to take advantage of the -1 sort parameter.

Last but not least, I use INDIRECT to extract the value of a cell in the same row, but a different column.

=IF(ISNUMBER(A2),INDIRECT("SAC!F"&(MATCH(A2, SAC!$E$1:$E$23, -1))),)

Is there a better way to achieve this result?


  • If the cell has value 6 (exact match), I'd like to get 1.6 (same row)
  • If the cell has value 10 (no match), I'd like to get 2.2 (round to 12, then get the factor)
  • No. It's just an example, the factor must be taken from the row, not calculated with an expression. In fact, the rule you provided would not work for feet. – Simone Carletti Nov 6 '14 at 23:14
  • As I said, the value for B cannot be pre-determined from A, take it as a requirement. – Simone Carletti Nov 6 '14 at 23:43
  • What does the "SAC!` part mean? Is that a reference to a different sheet? – Hubert Grzeskowiak Jul 9 '19 at 7:50

Two options to try:


=QUERY(SAC!E:F,"select F where E >= "&A2&" order by E limit 1",0)

It's a shame that VLOOKUP doesn't accept the -1 sort parameter, otherwise this would work:


  • 1
    QUERY worked like a charm. Thank you! – Simone Carletti Nov 15 '14 at 19:39

Maybe something like:


where F4 contains the 6/10 value.

  • 6 and 10 are just examples, the formula should work for any value in the depth range, not just for 6/10. – Simone Carletti Nov 6 '14 at 23:00
  • No, it does not. Apart that the fields where completely wrong, I was able to reuse INDEX to simplify the formula into =IF(ISNUMBER(A4),INDEX(SAC!E:F,(MATCH(A4, SAC!E:E, -1)), 2),), but it still doesn't fix the problem of the order. If I sort with 0 and I don't use the field sorted in reverse range, it does not select the right value. – Simone Carletti Nov 6 '14 at 23:12

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