What is the difference between the FILTER function and XLOOKUP

The FILTER function and the XLOOKUP function are both useful tools for extracting data from a range or table based on certain criteria. However, they have some key differences that make them suitable for different scenarios.

The FILTER function returns an array of values that meet one or more conditions specified by the user. The function can filter rows or columns, and can handle multiple criteria with AND or OR logic. The FILTER function is dynamic, meaning that it will automatically update the output if the source data changes. The FILTER function is available in Excel for Microsoft 365 and Excel Online.

The XLOOKUP function returns a value from a range or table based on a lookup value and a lookup array. The function can perform exact, approximate, wildcard, or reverse lookups, and can return multiple values or a default value if no match is found. The XLOOKUP function is also dynamic, and can handle horizontal or vertical lookups. The XLOOKUP function is available in Excel for Microsoft 365 and Excel Online.

The main difference between the FILTER function and the XLOOKUP function is that the FILTER function returns an array of values that match the criteria, while the XLOOKUP function returns a single value that matches the lookup value. Therefore, the FILTER function is more suitable for scenarios where you want to extract a subset of data from a range or table, while the XLOOKUP function is more suitable for scenarios where you want to find and return a specific value from a range or table.
What is the difference between the FILTER function and XLOOKUP?
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