excel link to first match

To find the first match in Excel, you can use the MATCH function. Here's how you can do it:

  1. Open your Excel spreadsheet.
  2. Select the cell where you want to display the result of the match.
  3. Type the following formula: =MATCH(lookup_value, lookup_array, [match_type])
  4. Replace lookup_value with the value you want to find.
  5. Replace lookup_array with the range of cells where you want to search for the value.
  6. Optionally, you can specify the match_type as 0 for an exact match, 1 for a greater than or equal to match, or -1 for a less than or equal to match. If you omit this argument, it will default to 1.
  7. Press Enter to get the result.

For example, if you want to find the first occurrence of the value "apple" in the range A1:A10, the formula would be =MATCH("apple", A1:A10, 0).

Please note that the formula will return the position of the first match in the range. If there is no match, it will return an error value.

You can find more information about the MATCH function in Excel in the following link: MATCH function - Excel