XLOOKUP – Excel Function

What it does: The XLOOKUP() Function allows you to look up and return values in corresponding columns or rows (!!). I have an exclamation point there because in many ways this function could eliminate most of the need for Vlookup, Hlookup, and the Index/Match combination when used for that purpose.

Arguments: XLOOKUP(lookup_value, lookup_array, return_array, [match_mode], [search_mode])

Using CONCAT and CONCATENATE in Microsoft Excel

While the CONCATENATE and CONCAT functions seem like they might be the same thing, there are small differences between the two functions. CONCAT is new for the 2016 version of Excel, so if you’re using 2013 or earlier this article may not apply.

CONCATENATE – This function combines two or more strings together to form one. Very useful when dealing with heavy blocks of text data.


The formula in this example combined the first name and the last name of each of the people in our list. Each unique piece of the concatenation was separated with a comma, and notice we had to insert an extra space character (” “) to provide the space in between ‘John’ and ‘Doe’.


Some people prefer to combine text strings using an Ampersand (“&”), which works the same way. Combine each of the cells you want to add together along with any additional punctuation or spacing:


CONCAT – This function is new beginning in the 2016 version of Excel. It provides a very simple update to the same formula, and that is the ability to select an entire range of strings all at once in order to concatenate them.

Example: Combining Five Values together

Notice in this example I’m combining five letters together to form one large string. With CONCATENATE, I have to separate each string with a comma. With CONCAT, I can select the whole range at once to get the same result.

Depending on what type of data you’re combining together (or how much), this could mean a lot more work putting the formula together. To recreate the First Name / Last Name example, you’d have to add in spaces to the First or Last Name boxes, or create a separate cell that only had a space character (” “) so that the values were properly combined together.

CONCAT Formula

RANDBETWEEN – Excel Function

What it does: The RANDBETWEEN() Function generates a random number between two integers.

Plain English: Rather than generating a random number between 0 and 1, RANDBETWEEN() generates an integer between a given range of integers that you provide. For example, you may want to pick 6 random lottery numbers between 1 and 35. This formula could help generate those.

Arguments: RANDBETWEEN(lower number, higher number)

  • Lower number – the lowest integer possible you want to generate
  • Higher number – the highest integer possible you want to generate

Blog Posts using RANDBETWEEN()

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Videos using RANDBETWEEN()

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