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    Spill Error with index match formula

    Hi i use index match formulas all the time, they work great. However since updating my version of excel I now get a Spill error when trying to use the index match function.

    Can anyone help with this formula that was previously working but now produces this error?

    =INDEX('[RHS Snapshot 03.01.2020.xlsx]Live Sites'!$E:$E, MATCH(E:E,'[RHS Snapshot 03.01.2020.xlsx]Live Sites'!$B:$B,0))

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    Re: Spill Error with index match formula

    I doubt it's a problem with Excel.

    Is that an array formula you're using? Have you tried restricting the E:E and B:B ranges. Never use whole column/row ranges unless you really do want to adress all 1m + rows and 16,384 columns. Either use a range that you know will never be exceeded or better still get into the habit of defining dynamic Range Names which automatically adjust to the size of data ranges.

    Have you checked the following MS article.

    https://support.office.com/en-gb/art...2-ef9cc9ad4023
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    Re: Spill Error with index match formula

    Hi Richard,

    Well the formula's used to work fine up until a week ago and i updated my version of excel, I also came across this article saying the way these formulas work has changed. So im pretty sure it is a problem with Excel changing how lookup formula's work. Yes I've seen the article which prompted me to ask on here as before i updated the version the formulas stopped working and I keep getting this spill error that I have never gotten before. It even references these changes in the article you sent me:

    Before dynamic array capable Excel, Excel would only consider the value on the same row as the formula and ignore any others, as VLOOKUP expected only a single value. With the introduction of dynamic arrays, Excel considers all the values provided to the lookup_value. This means that if an entire column is given as the lookup_value argument, Excel will attempt to lookup all 1,048,576 values in the column. Once it's done, it will attempt to spill them to the grid, and will very likely hit the end of the grid resulting in a #SPILL! error.

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    Re: Spill Error with index match formula

    I have also tried limiting the range rather than using the whole column as a reference and that doesn't work either.

    Kind Regards

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    Re: Spill Error with index match formula

    You need to change the portion in red to look at a single cell
    =INDEX('[RHS Snapshot 03.01.2020.xlsx]Live Sites'!$E:$E, MATCH(E:E,'[RHS Snapshot 03.01.2020.xlsx]Live Sites'!$B:$B,0))

    and as already said it would be better to limit the B:B range as well

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