Excel FIND and SEARCH functions with formula examples

The tutorial explains the syntax of the Excel FIND and SEARCH functions and provides formula examples of advanced non-trivial uses.

In the last article, we covered the basics of the Excel Find and Replace dialog. In many situations, however, you may want Excel to find and extract data from other cells automatically based on your criteria. So, let's have a closer look at what the Excel search functions have to offer.

Excel FIND function

The FIND function in Excel is used to return the position of a specific character or substring within a text string.

The syntax of the Excel Find function is as follows:

FIND( find_text, within_text, [start_num] )

The first 2 arguments are required, the last one is optional.

  • Find_text - the character or substring you want to find.
  • Within_text - the text string to be searched within. Usually it's supplied as a cell reference, but you can also type the string directly in the formula.
  • Start_num - an optional argument that specifies from which character the search shall begin. If omitted, the search starts from the 1st character of the within_text string.

If the FIND function does not find the find_text character(s), a #VALUE! error is returned.

For example, the formula =FIND("d", "find") returns 4 because "d" is the 4th letter in the word "find". The formula =FIND("a", "find") returns an error because there is no "a" in "find".
Excel FIND function

Excel FIND function - things to remember!

To correctly use a FIND formula in Excel, keep in mind the following simple facts:

  1. The FIND function is case sensitive. If you are looking for a case-insensitive match, use the SEARCH function.
  2. The FIND function in Excel does not allow using wildcard characters.
  3. If the find_text argument contains several characters, the FIND function returns the position of the first character. For example, the formula FIND("ap","happy") returns 2 because "a" in the 2nd letter in the word "happy".
  4. If within_text contains several occurrences of find_text, the first occurrence is returned. For example, FIND("l", "hello") returns 3, which is the position of the first "l" character in the word "hello".
  5. If find_text is an empty string "", the Excel FIND formula returns the first character in the search string.
  6. The Excel FIND function returns the #VALUE! error if any of the following occurs:
    • Find_text does not exist in within_text.
    • Start_num contains more characters than within_text.
    • Start_num is 0 (zero) or a negative number.

Excel SEARCH function

The SEARCH function in Excel is very similar to FIND in that it also returns the location of a substring in a text string. Is syntax and arguments are akin to those of FIND:

SEARCH( find_text, within_text, [start_num] )

Unlike FIND, the SEARCH function is case-insensitive and it allows using the wildcard characters, as demonstrated in the following example.

And here's a couple of basic Excel SEARCH formulas:

=SEARCH("market", "supermarket") returns 6 because the substring "market" begins at the 6th character of the word "supermarket".

=SEARCH("e", "Excel") returns 1 because "e" is the first character in the word "Excel", ignoring the case.

Like FIND, Excel's SEARCH function returns the #VALUE! error if:

  • The value of the find_text argument is not found.
  • The start_num argument is greater than the length of within_text.
  • Start_num is equal to or less than zero.

Excel SEARCH function

Further on in this tutorial, you will find a few more meaningful formula examples that demonstrate how to use SEARCH function in Excel worksheets.

Excel FIND vs. Excel SEARCH

As already mentioned, the FIND and SEARCH functions in Excel are very much alike in terms of syntax and uses. However, they do have a couple of differences.

1. Case-sensitive FIND vs. case-insensitive SEARCH

The most essential difference between the Excel SEARCH and FIND functions is that SEARCH is case-insensitive, while FIND is case-sensitive.

For example, SEARCH("e", "Excel") returns 1 because it ignores the case of "E", while FIND("e", "Excel") returns 4 because it minds the case.
Case-sensitive FIND vs. case-insensitive SEARCH

2. Search with wildcard characters

Unlike FIND, the Excel SEARCH function allows using wildcards in the find_text argument:

  • A question mark (?) matches one character, and
  • An asterisk (*) matches any series of characters.

To see how it works on real data, consider the following example:
Search with wildcard characters in Excel

As you see in the screenshot above, the formula SEARCH("function*2013", A2) returns the position of the first character ("f") in the substring if the text string referred to in the within_text argument contains both "function" and "2013", no matter how many other characters there are in between.

Tip. To find an actual question mark (?) or asterisk (*), type a tilde (~) before the corresponding character.

Excel FIND and SEARCH formula examples

In practice, the Excel FIND and SEARCH functions are rarely used on their own. Typically, you would utilize them in combination with other functions such as MID, LEFT or RIGHT, and the following formula examples demonstrate some real-life uses.

Example 1. Find a string preceding or following a given character

This example shows how you can find and extract all characters in a text string to the left or to the right of a specific character. To make things easier to understand, consider the following example.

Supposing you have a column of names (column A) and you want to pull the First name and Last name into separate columns.

To get the first name, you can use FIND (or SEARCH) in conjunction with the LEFT function:

=LEFT(A2, FIND(" ", A2)-1)

or

=LEFT(A2, SEARCH(" ", A2)-1)

As you probably know, the Excel LEFT function returns the specified number of left-most characters in a string. And you use the FIND function to determine the position of a space (" ") to let the LEFT function know how many characters to extract. At that, you subtract 1 from the space's position because you don't want the returned value to include the space.

To extract the last name, use the combination of the RIGHT, FIND / SEARCH and LEN functions. The LEN function is needed to get the total number of characters in the string, from which you subtract the position of the space:

=RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-FIND(" ",A2))

or

=RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-SEARCH(" ",A2))

The following screenshot demonstrates the result:
Splitting the first name and last names into separate columns.

For more complex scenarios, such as extracting a middle name or splitting names with suffixes, please see How to split cells in Excel using formulas.

Example 2. Find Nth occurrence of a given character in a text string

Supposing you have some text strings in column A, say a list of SKUs, and you want to find the position of the second dash (-) in a string. The following formula works a treat:

=FIND("-", A2, FIND("-",A2)+1)

The first two arguments are easy to interpret: locate a dash ("-") in cell A2. In the third argument (start_num), you embed another FIND function that tells Excel to start searching beginning with the character that comes right after the 1st occurrence of dash (FIND("-",A2)+1).

To return the position of the 3rd occurrence, you embed the above formula in the start_num argument of another FIND function and add 2 to the returned value:

=FIND("-",A2, FIND("-", A2, FIND("-",A2)+1) +2)

FIND formulas to find the position of 2nd and 3rd occurrences of a specific character in a string

Another and probably a simpler way of finding the Nth occurrence of a given character is using the Excel FIND function in combination with CHAR and SUBSTITUTE:

=FIND(CHAR(1),SUBSTITUTE(A2,"-",CHAR(1),3))

Where "-" is the character in question and "3" is the Nth occurrence you want to find.

In the above formula, the SUBSTITUTE function replaces the 3rd occurrence of dash ("-") with CHAR(1), which is the unprintable "Start of Heading" character in the ASCII system. Instead of CHAR(1) you can use any other unprintable character from 1 to 31. And then, the FIND function returns the position of that character in the text string. So, the general formula is as follows:

FIND(CHAR(1),SUBSTITUTE(cell,character,CHAR(1),Nth occurrence))

At first sight, it may seem that the above formulas have little practical value, but the next example will show how useful they are in solving real tasks.

Note. Please remember that the Excel FIND function is case-sensitive. In our example, this makes no difference, but if you are working with letters and you want a case-insensitive match, use the SEARCH function instead of FIND.

Example 3. Extract N characters following a certain character

To locate a substring of a given length within any text string, use Excel FIND or Excel SEARCH in combination with the MID function. The following example demonstrates how you can use such formulas in practice.

In our list of SKUs, supposing you want to find the first 3 characters following the first dash and pull them in another column.

If the group of characters preceding the first dash always contains the same number of items (e.g. 2 chars) this would be a trivial task. You could use the MID function to return 3 characters from a string, starting at position 4 (skipping the first 2 characters and a dash):

=MID(A2, 4, 3)

Translated into English, the formula says: "Look in cell A2, begin extracting from character 4, and return 3 characters".
The MID formula to extract 3 characters following a dash

However, in real-life worksheets, the substring you need to extract could start anywhere within the text string. In our example, you may not know how many characters precede the first dash. To cope with this challenge, use the FIND function to determine the starting point of the substring that you want to retrieve.

The FIND formula to return the position of the 1st dash is as follows:

=FIND("-",A2)

Because you want to start with the character that follows the dash, add 1 to the returned value and embed the above function in the second argument (start_num) of the MID function:

=MID(A2, FIND("-",A2)+1, 3)

In this scenario, the Excel SEARCH function works equally well:

=MID(A2, SEARCH("-",A2)+1, 3)
Use the FIND function to determine the starting point of the substring you want to extract.

It's great, but what if the group of chars following the first dash contains a different number of characters? Hmm... this might be a problem:
The group of chars following the first dash contains a different number of characters

As you see in the above screenshot, the formula works perfectly for rows 1 and 2. In rows 4 and 5, the second group contains 4 characters, but only the first 3 chars are returned. In rows 6 and 7, there are only 2 characters in the second group, and therefore our Excel Search formula returns a dash following them.

If you wanted to return all chars between the 1st and 2nd occurrences of a certain character (dash in this example), how would you proceed? Here is the answer:

=MID(A2, FIND("-",A2)+1, FIND("-", A2, FIND("-",A2)+1) - FIND("-",A2)-1)
The FIND formula to return all characters between the first and second occurrences of a specific character

For better understanding of this MID formula, let's examine its arguments one by one:

  • 1st argument (text). It's the text string containing the characters you want to extract, cell A2 in this example.
  • 2nd argument (start_position). Specifies the position of the first character you want to extract. You use the FIND function to locate the first dash in the string and add 1 to that value because you want to start with the character that follows the dash: FIND("-",A2)+1.
  • 3rd argument (num_chars). Specifies the number of characters you want to return. In our formula, this is the trickiest part. You use two FIND (or SEARCH) functions, one determines the position of the first dash: FIND("-",A2). And the other returns the position of the second dash: FIND("-", A2, FIND("-",A2)+1). Then you subtract the former from the latter, and then subtract 1 because you don't want to include either dash. As the result, you will get the number of characters between the 1st and 2nd dashes, which is exactly what we are looking for. So, you feed that value to the num_chars argument of the MID function.

In a similar fashion, you can return 3 characters after the 2nd dash:

=MID(A2, FIND("-",A2, FIND("-", A2, FIND("-",A2)+1) +2), 3)

Or, extract all the characters between the 2nd and 3rd dashes:

=MID(A2, FIND("-", A2, FIND("-",A2)+1)+1, FIND("-",A2, FIND("-", A2, FIND("-",A2)+1) +2) - FIND("-", A2, FIND("-",A2)+1)-1)
FIND formulas to extract three or all the characters between the 2nd and 3rd dashes

Example 4. Find text between parentheses

Supposing you have some long text string in column A and you want to find and extract only the text enclosed in (parentheses).

To do this, you would need the MID function to return the desired number of characters from a string, and either Excel FIND or SEARCH function to determine where to start and how many characters to extract.

=MID(A2,SEARCH("(",A2)+1, SEARCH(")",A2)-SEARCH("(",A2)-1)

The logic of this formula is similar to the ones we discussed in the previous example. And again, the most complex part is the last argument that tells the formula how many characters to return. That pretty long expression in the num_chars argument does the following:

  • First, you find the position of the closing parenthesis: SEARCH(")",A2)
  • After that you locate the position of the opening parenthesis: SEARCH("(",A2)
  • And then, you calculate the difference between the positions of the closing and opening parentheses and subtract 1 from that number, because you don't want either parenthesis in the result: SEARCH(")",A2)-SEARCH("(",A2))-1

Excel SEARCH formula to find and extract text between parentheses

Naturally, nothing prevents you from using the Excel FIND function instead of SEARCH, because case-sensitivity or case-insensitivity makes no difference in this example.

Hopefully, this tutorial has shed some light on how to use Search and Find functions in Excel. In the next tutorial, we are going to closely examine the Replace functions, so please stay tuned. And in the meanwhile, you may want to download the Sample FIND and SEARCH worksheet to reverse engineer the formulas for better understanding. Thank you for reading!

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207 Responses to "Excel FIND and SEARCH functions with formula examples"

  1. soren says:

    Hi Forum
    I have a text cell which can contain more values.I am looking for a formula that can determine if for instance the text contans the Word "RED", if so the formula result should state "RED", at the same time I need to search for the word "GREEN" and the result should state "GREEN". IF neither "RED" og "GREEN" is in the text cell it should give the result "GREY". Neither RED og GREEN can be in the text cell at the same time.
    How do I do that I have tried with search and IF sentences but it will fails when I get to the second search in the formula.

  2. Rajkumar says:

    Hi forum,
    [{"id"=>2445045452, "wid"=>"XI53FEA", "order_item_id"=>"11803289568455100", "order_item_unit_id"=>nil, "quantity"=>1, "shipment_id"=>1709774212, "status"=>"CONFIRMED", "external_order_id"=>"OD118032895684551000", "customer_return_reason"=>nil}] in this data how i will extract/lookup the order_item_id in excel. kindly do the needful.

    • Vineet says:

      Assuming your input is stored in cell 'A1'; the formula stated below will help you extracting the desired information.

      =MID(A1,FIND("order_item_id",A1)+LEN("order_item_id")+4,(FIND(", ",A1,FIND("order_item_id",A1)+LEN("order_item_id")+4))-(FIND("order_item_id",A1)+LEN("order_item_id")+4)-1)

  3. Michael says:

    1,83,5,White,Barry,Solihull & S H,10:00.14,,10:00.14,,,13:48:19.69,,,,10:00.14,10:00.14,,
    What formulas do I need to put in to put every other bit into its own cell?
    I have formulas to put the first 3 in i.e 1 and 83 and 5 go into their own cell. How can i get the rest to do it with a formula?

  4. Kavya says:

    Hi,
    I am trying to extract only the amount from the following but facing some issues.
    Spot Award (INR 5,000)
    I only want the amount of 5000 to be removed and reflect separately in a column, without the INR. The original column should just reflect Spot Award. Could you help with this?

    • Hello Kavya!
      You can extract the number from the text using this formula:

      =SUBSTITUTE(MID(A1, FIND("INR",A1,1)+4, LEN(A1) - FIND("INR",A1,1)-4),",","")

      The formula result will also be text.
      If it is necessary to convert it to number, please insert two “minus” signs before the first function name in the formula:

      =--SUBSTITUTE(MID(A1, FIND("INR",A1,1)+4, LEN(A1) - FIND("INR",A1,1)-4),",","")

      I hope this will help, otherwise please do not hesitate to contact me anytime.

  5. PRASAD says:

    ID NO NAME OF CUSTOMER BIX ID
    1 KARUTURI PRASANNA 123456
    2 KORANA PADMA 134251
    3 KANTIPUDI PRASAD 124561 HOW TO FIND OUT SEARCH BY NAME

  6. Navdeep says:

    How can I use the function with OR to find "ORDER" as well? at this time it only on the proper Alphabet

    =IFERROR(IF(FIND("Order",C82),"023"),"000")

  7. Geert says:

    Good morning,
    I have a situation where I have a daily update on names that all need to have the company name filled in in the next column. As many names occur more than once, I have created a source list with names and companies and want to create an IF(FIND) function to automatically populate the company names for names for which the company is known.

    I'm struggling with the second part of my formula. This is what I have so far:
    =IF(FIND(F420;'Company Source'!$A$2:$A$1793);;G420) - whereas F420 is a name, and $A$2:$A$1793 is the list of names and G420 is where the company name needs to be. Once that name is found, how do I match the company name in the source list to where I need it to be?

    I hope this makes sense.
    Thank you for your help.
    Geert

    • Hello Geert!
      If you want to automatically enter a company name in a cell from a certain list, I recommend using an Excel drop-down list in this case. For more details on how to create it, please read here.
      However, you’re saying that you enter a name in F420, and the company name is inserted into G420. In this case you’d better use the VLOOKUP function:

      =VLOOKUP(F420,’Company Source’!$A$2:$A$1793),1,0)

      If you have additional information about companies which is located, for example, in the cell ’Company Source’!$B$2:$B$1793, you can automatically pull it and insert in cell G421 using this formula:

      =VLOOKUP(F420,’Company Source’!$A$2:$B$1793),2,0)

      Please find more details on how to use VLOOKUP here.
      If you have any other questions, I’ll be happy to answer them.

  8. sonu says:

    (585*205)*1*0.082
    sir i want to extract 585 in separate column and 205 in separate column and 1 in separate column and also digit numbers in all cases increase or decrease like 5850 or 58 and 20 or 2050 and 10 or 100so pelase help me for find forumale with mid function or any other

    • Hello Sonu!
      If I understand your task correctly, to extract the first digit from your expression, use the formula

      =LEFT(SUBSTITUTE( SUBSTITUTE(A1,"(",""),")",""), FIND("*", SUBSTITUTE( SUBSTITUTE(A1,"(",""),")",""))-1)

      To extract the second digit -

      =MID(E1,FIND("*",SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"(",""),")",""))+1, FIND("*",SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"(",""),")",""), (FIND("*",SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"(",""),")",""),1)+1)) - FIND("*",SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"(",""),")",""))-1)

      To extract the third digit -

      =MID(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"(",""),")",""),"*","@",2), FIND("@",SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"(",""),")",""),"*","@",2))+1, FIND("$",SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"(",""),")",""),"*","$",3))- FIND("@",SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"(",""),")",""),"*","@",2))-1)

      I hope this will help, otherwise please do not hesitate to contact me anytime.

  9. mizanur rahman says:

    Hello Sir
    Thanks a lot for your great work. I have a query if you kindly help.
    I have list of products which has very long name, I want to split them either by first , or - or : if found none of them then will return back original product name.
    example of product name:
    1.PLUSINNO Telescopic Fishing Rod and Reel Combos Full Kit, Spinning Fishing Gear Organizer
    2.KastKing Sharky III Fishing Reel - New Spinning Reel - Carbon Fiber 39.5 LBs Max Drag
    3.Rippin Lips Super Cat Casting Rod with Glow Tip:7-Feet 6-Inch, Medium-Heavy
    4.ABU GARCIA AMBASSADEUR C3 ROUND REEL

    expected result:
    1.PLUSINNO Telescopic Fishing Rod and Reel Combos Full Kit
    2.KastKing Sharky III Fishing Reel
    3.Rippin Lips Super Cat Casting Rod with Glow Tip
    4.ABU GARCIA AMBASSADEUR C3 ROUND REEL
    Thank You.

  10. Vicki Kakes says:

    I AM TRYING TO FIND IF A CHARACTER IS IN A STRING AND RETURN A TRUE OR FALSE. IF THE STRING CONTAINS * THE SEARCH WOULD RETURN TRUE. FOR EXAMPLE:
    PREMARIN 0.625 MG TAB 00046110281 TAB 90.0000 FALSE
    SYNTHROID* 100 MCG TAB 00074662490 TAB 843.0000 TRUE

  11. David B says:

    Hi there,
    I have read most of above but unfortunately could not find solution for my problem yet.
    In Sheet1 i have a list of approx 300 employee surnames, assuming no duplicates.
    in Sheet2 I have a list of 10000 lines with travel expense postings, most of them mention the family name of the employee at some part of the text. I need to create review cost by employee.
    So far I was able to return true of false if the row includes an employee name or not with this formula =SUMPRODUCT(--ISNUMBER(SEARCH(Sheet1!$A$1:$A$42;A2)))>0
    but I need the formula to return the name for me instead of just true of false? So need to know not only at what charactar it starts but also the LEN so i can do it with MID ?
    Thanks a lot
    Thanks a lot

    • hello David!
      I’m sorry but your task is not entirely clear to me. Could you please describe it in more detail? Give some examples of the values from which you want to extract text. Also write what exactly you want to receive.I will try to help you.
      Thank you!

      • David B says:

        Hi Alexander and thank you.
        Sample: Sheet 2:
        A1: Airplane ticket John Smith NYC-LAX
        A2: $650.-
        A3: =SUMPRODUCT(--ISNUMBER(SEARCH(Sheet1!$A$1:$A$42;A2)))>0

        Sheet 1 contains a list of employee names.
        Problem: my formula only returns if true of false, hence if the employee name in the text is found in sheet 1 or not. But i would like to return the employee name instead of true of false.
        Hope that is clear. Thank you in advance.

        • David B says:

          Actually it is as follows sorry:
          A1: Airplane ticket John Smith NYC-LAX
          B2: $650.-
          C3: =SUMPRODUCT(--ISNUMBER(SEARCH(Sheet1!$A$1:$A$42;A2)))>0

          • Hello David!
            If I understand your task correctly, the following formula should work for you:

            =IFERROR(INDEX(Sheet1!$A$1:$A$42, MATCH(1,IF(IFERROR(SEARCH (Sheet1!$A$1:$A$42,A1,1),0)>0,1,0),0)),"")

            where A1: Airplane ticket John Smith NYC-LAX
            Sheet1!$A$1:$A$42 - is list of employee surnames

            Hope this is what you need.

            • David B says:

              Thanks a lot Alexander, on a first try I could not make it work, i will try again later when I have my head free.

  12. Cosmin says:

    Hello Sir,
    I have read all of the comments but unfortunately could not find solution for my problem yet.
    I have an excel with many rows which containing a large text. (from 20 to 500 words)
    I need way to find multiple key words within that text and if it's possible to display or to direct me to that text. For example let's say I have a text " In order to purchase the item, you need more money" and i want to search "order" and "money".
    So basically I need a search function with more than one string.
    Thanks a lot.

  13. Robert Clark says:

    Good morning,
    I have an a column that I put monitored voltages in and these values will change each time I take the measurements. At the bottom of the column I have the =min and =max formula so I know those values. My question:
    is it possible to use the Find or Search formula to locate the =max in the column?

    cell #
    30 3.9000
    29 3.9000
    28 3.9002
    27 3.9008
    26 3.8841
    25 3.9000
    24 3.9000
    23 3.9002
    22 3.9009
    21 3.9754

    67 3.9010
    68 3.9000
    69 3.9002
    70 3.9008
    71 3.8847
    72 3.9000
    73 3.9000
    74 3.9002
    75 3.9009
    76 3.9748

    =max 3.9754
    =min 3.8841
    I would like to find the cell# that is =max and have it automatically highlighted.

    Thanks for any assistance that you can offer.
    Best Regards,
    Robert

  14. Nick says:

    I have been trying to fix this for days and it has me baffled.

    The customer enters their postcode and I am trying to match it with a postcode area. Sometimes the customers put a space in their postcode and sometimes they don't, so I have a list of postcodes with a space and a list without a space and I need to search both lists but cannot get it to work when the postcode is entered without a space.

    I have created a postcode sheet with Column A being postcodes with a space and Column B without a space and column C is the area match

    For example, customer's postcode is "DL1 2NE" in cell Q2 on "Enquiries" sheet and I want to look to see if there is a match in the "Postcodes" sheet and if not put a value of "No"

    Postcodes

    Column A Column B Column C
    TS1 2TR TS12TR Tees
    DL1 2NE DL12NE Tees

    =IF(ISNA(VLOOKUP(Q2,'postcodes'!A:C,3,FALSE)),"No",VLOOKUP(Enquiries!Q2,'postcodes'!A:C,3,FALSE))

    This works when there is a space but returns the wrong value when there is no space (i.e. it should still find a match and show "Tees" but instead it results in "No"

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Nick

  15. Alex says:

    Hi Alexander,
    Thank you for your post. I have been unable to find any information to help me with my issue - perhaps you can help?
    I have a text string in column L. Within this text string I can find a series of alternatives (which are contained in the OR brackets below). I've tried to simplify a heavy, clunky formula (1) to a more elegant (2), but (2) isn't working - it's not returning any values even if I know the value is contained in column L.

    (1) Monster: =IFERROR(IFERROR(IFERROR(IFERROR((IFERROR(MID(L2,FIND("DPTO",L2),50),MID(L2,FIND("CASA ",L2),50))),(MID(L2,FIND("LOC ",L2),50))),(MID(L2,FIND("OF",L2),50))),(MID(L2,FIND("PARC",L2),50))),(MID(L2,FIND("DEPT",L2),50)))

    (2) Failed attempt to simplify:
    =MID(L2,FIND(OR("DPTO","CASA ","DEPT","LOC ","OF","PARC"),L2),50)

    Am I doomed to clunkiness? Or am I making a silly mistake?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Hello Alex!
      For me to be able to help you better, please describe your task in more detail. Do you want to derive these values using a formula, or simply specify TRUE or FALSE, or derive some part of the cell from column L? What result should your formula return? Please let me know in more detail what you were trying to find, what problem or error occurred. It’ll help me understand it better and find a solution for you. Thank you.

      • Alex says:

        The result of the formula should be the string text starting from the position found by the FIND formula (when it finds any of the alternatives included in the OR function brackets in equation 2) and the following 50 characters (which is why the MID formula is there).

        Please let me know if you need more information!

        • Hello Alex!
          If I understand your task correctly, the following formula should work for you:

          =MID(L2,SMALL(IFERROR(FIND({"DEPT","CASA","OF","PARC"},L2,1),""),1),50)

          I hope this will help, otherwise please do not hesitate to contact me anytime.

          • Alex says:

            Unfortunately it doesn't work. I had previously tried putting an array in FIND but that didn't work either. Even just =FIND({"DEPT","CASA","OF","PARC"},L2,1) returns a #VALUE error instead of a place number.

            The source string has a mix of text, numbers and blank spaces, General format, if that helps at all.

            • Hello Alex!
              My formula works according to your explanation. Give an example of the data in cell L2 and the result you want to get. Explain what exactly the formula does not work in. Perhaps I misunderstood you. Or you didn’t say anything.
              Your FIND formula will not work, because it does not handle the event when the value is not found.

              • Alex says:

                OK so here's an example.
                Cell L has this: AVENIDA DEL VALLE S/N ALGARROBOS 4B CASA 21B
                Your formula: =MID(L2,SMALL(IFERROR(FIND({"DEPT","CASA","OF","PARC"},L2,1),""),1),50)
                Is giving me this: #VALUE
                When I need it to give this: CASA 21B
                i.e. return the string from the position found by the FIND formula.

              • Hello Alex!
                I copied the formula from your post:
                =MID(L2,SMALL(IFERROR(FIND({"DEPT","CASA","OF","PARC"},L2,1),""),1),50)
                I inserted text into cell L2:
                AVENIDA DEL VALLE S/N ALGARROBOS 4B CASA 21B
                And you won’t believe it - everything works for me!
                I got the text "CASA 21B".
                I can only advise once again to check whether you wrote down the formula correctly.

              • Alex says:

                Alexander,
                Thank you so much for your time and help. I did triple check and although the formula is correct, but it's still not working for me :/ I wonder if there's some configuration other than cell format I haven't thought about... Anyway, you've definitely helped me as much as you possibly could, and I'm very grateful for your time and patience.
                Have a lovely weekend!
                Alex

              • Alex says:

                Alexander,
                Sorry to bother you again but I've discovered what it's doing (although not why - maybe you have an idea?). It's only taking the first term in the array and ignoring the rest. So with the formula as it is, it's picking out the DEPT but not CASA. If I change round the order of those terms within the array, putting CASA first and leaving DEPT second, it returns all values with CASA but not DEPT (or any of the others).
                Can you imagine what can be going on? Do I need to configure something else?
                Thanks!

              • Hello Alex!
                My formula works correctly. Therefore, I can’t tell you the reason for the error. Try to run it on another computer. Some Excel settings might be interfering.

              • Alex says:

                OK, thank you for your time and patience!

  16. Vinit Gupta says:

    Hi sir,
    I have a question, my question is that the way we have used the left function with find ,same way we can't use the right function with find to get the last name.

  17. Sue C says:

    I have a string of text, similar to the following: This well requires cleaning; Y; $2,000; WB Abandonment; Y; $12,000; Other; N; $5,000.
    I'd like to use a formula to search the string and if "WB Abandonment; Y;" is in the string it would return "$12,000". If "WB Abandonment; Y;" is not in the string, it returns blank. I'm struggling with the mid search formula since the various lines of text have a different number of components the well requires. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

    • Hello!
      If I understand your task correctly, the following formula should work for you:

      =IF(IFERROR(SEARCH("WB Abandonment; Y;",A1,1),0) > 0,"$ 12,000","")

      I hope this will help, otherwise please do not hesitate to contact me anytime.

      • Sue C says:

        Sorry, I wasn't clear. The value isn't always $ 12,000. I'm looking to return the value that follows "WB Abandonment; Y;".

        • Hello Sue!
          To get all the text after phrase “WB Abandonment; Y;”, use the formula

          =IF(IFERROR(SEARCH("WB Abandonment; Y;",A1,1),0)>0, MID(A1,SEARCH("WB Abandonment; Y;",A1,1)+19,100),"")

          If you wrote exactly what you want to receive, we would solve your problem faster.

          • Sue C says:

            Unfortunately this formula returns all the text after "WB Abandonment; Y;". I'm hoping to be able to only pull the $ amount after "WB Abandonment; Y;" and before the next ;.

  18. Kshitij Arora says:

    Hi Sir,
    In one column i have a string from which i have to extract the exact unique code which starts with "ABCD" and followed by 4 numeral characters (Example-ABCD2345)
    Example String-
    Information: ABCD: Update for Application 1 (ABCD2140) Rel. 1.01
    Expected output- ABCD2140
    Solution- =IFERROR(MID(C3,FIND("(ABCD",C3),FIND(")",C3)-FIND("(ABCD",C3)),"NA")
    The solution works for above String, but it fails in cases where any "(" comes before "(ABCD".
    Example-(XYZ) external –  Application 2 (ABCD2003) Rel. 1.02
    Expected Output- ABCD2003
    Could you help me get a common solution which works for both the cases.

  19. vishal says:

    HI FOrum,
    If i need to extract text from intial and last name with no character break, how do i do it?

    • Hello!
      I recommend to study this article. Then describe the problem in more detail. Please let me know in more detail what you were trying to find, what formula you used and what problem or error occurred. Give an example of the source data and the expected result. It’ll help me understand it better and find a solution for you. Thank you.

  20. John B says:

    Hello Sir, I need a Formula/Function to show variance with multiple criteria…
    Function needs applied to E:E in examples below- if it is needed to add extra columns, we can. If it needs to be done in VBA form, we can do that as well.
    A - FIND B:B WITHIN F:F
    SEARCH ( B:B , F:F )
    B - TAKE THE MINIMUM OF D:D, WHERE “A” CRITERIA MATCHES (MULTIPLE SKU WITH DIFFERENT PRICING)
    MIN ( D3 : D11 )
    C - AND THEN MULTIPLY THAT MINIMUM BY 1.25
    MIN ( D3 : D11 ) * 1.25
    D – TAKE THAT NEW NUMBER AND APPLY IT TO ALL ROWS IN COLUMN D WHERE “A” & “B” CRITERIA ARE TRUE
    (not sure how to do this part)
    RAW DATA
    1 B C D E F
    2 SKU MKT MARKET PRICE 25% VARIANCE SKUMKT
    3 1234 CHINA 18.98 1234CHINA
    4 1234 AUSTRALIA 18.98 1234AUSTRALIA
    5 1234 USA 17.03 1234USA
    6 9876 CHINA 17.11 9876CHINA
    7 9876 AUSTRALIA 18.98 9876AUSTRALIA
    8 9876 USA 18.28 9876USA
    9 4567 CHINA 18.98 4567CHINA
    10 4567 AUSTRALIA 18.98 4567AUSTRALIA
    11 4567 USA 18.63 4567USA

    WHAT IT SHOULD LOOK LIKE WHEN COMPLETE
    1 B C D E F
    2 SKU MKT MARKET PRICE 25% VARIANCE SKUMKT
    3 1234 CHINA 18.98 21.29 1234CHINA
    4 1234 AUSTRALIA 18.98 21.29 1234AUSTRALIA
    5 1234 USA 17.03 21.29 1234USA
    6 9876 CHINA 17.11 21.38 9876CHINA
    7 9876 AUSTRALIA 18.98 21.38 9876AUSTRALIA
    8 9876 USA 18.28 21.38 9876USA
    9 4567 CHINA 18.98 23.29 4567CHINA
    10 4567 AUSTRALIA 18.98 23.29 4567AUSTRALIA
    11 4567 USA 18.63 23.29 4567USA

    • John B says:

      Am I not able to do a formula like what it is I am hoping for?

      • Hello!
        I’m sorry but your task is not entirely clear to me. For me to be able to help you better, please describe your task in more detail. Please specify what you were trying to find, what formula you used and what problem or error occurred. Give an example the expected result.
        It’ll help me understand it better and find a solution for you. Thank you.

  21. Nishant Sehgal says:

    I have a column A with multiple cells having a common value.
    I also have a column B with equal number of cells each having a unique value.
    I want to do a FInd and Replace such that it finds the common value in each cell of Column A and replace it with the unique value of adjoining cell of column B,
    See screenshot for more clarity - https://prnt.sc/t0ksyn

    • Hello!
      I hope you have studied the recommendations in the above tutorial.The Find function can search in only one cell. I’m sorry but your task is not entirely clear to me. Could you please describe it in more detail? What does "common value in each cell of Column A" mean? In column A, all cells have the same values. If a value is written in a cell, then it can be changed either manually or using the VBA macro. Therefore, the values in column A, you cannot change the values using the formula. Explain in more detail what you want to do.Thank you!

  22. John says:

    Hi,
    I'm trying to write an equation in Excel that rounds using the following rules:
    1. If the extra digit is less than 5, drop the digit.
    2. If the extra digit is greater than 5, drop it and increase the previous digit by one.
    3. If the extra digit is five, then increase the previous digit by one if it is odd; otherwise do not change the previous digit.

    I feel like I'm close to a solution by using the IF(AND(Find line of commands but can't get it to come together properly. Could you please help?
    Thanks so much,
    John

    • Hello John!
      The Find function is applied to the text. In this case, I assume that we have a number. Apply the IF function and rounding function.

      =IF(MOD(INT(A30),2)=0,IF(A30-INT(A30)<=0.5,INT(A30),ROUND(A30,0)),ROUNDUP(A30,0))

      Hope this is what you need.

      • John says:

        Thank you so much for your response Alexander!
        I tried that function but didn't have much success. Maybe if I give you an example that would help.
        If I have a number like 0.20645 and I would like it rounded to four decimal places and be rounded down if the value in the fourth place is even and the fifth value is =5, in this case 0.20645 would be rounded to 0.2064. On the flip side of that I would still like a value like 0.20615 to be rounded to four places but rounded down if the fourth value is odd and =5. In other words 0.20615 would be rounded to 0.2062.

        This is the equation I've tried without success: =IF(AND(ISODD(MID(H12,FIND(".",H12)+4,4)),MID(H12,FIND(".",H12)+5,4)="5"),ROUNDUP(H12,4),IF(AND(ISEVEN(MID(H12,FIND(".",H12)+4,4)),MID(H12,FIND(".",H12)+5,4)="5"),ROUNDDOWN(H12,4),ROUNDDOWN(H12,4)))

  23. John says:

    I think I've figured it out on my own. Thank you anyway for your help.

  24. Shobhit Jain says:

    Hi,
    I want your help in finding a formula where i can pull of data from multiple row - having multiple data in each cell - and the cell has some key identifier at there first to look out the data.
    For e.g. In row Cell 1- 32:hshsjsjsbsvshh
    Cell2: 32:shsjsjsjsjsjsjjs
    Cell3: 67:hwhsshshshshsh
    Cell4: 69:hshsshsusushsh

    So in above example i want the data in next sheet from the cell which is started from '32:'

    • Hello!
      You did not say exactly how you want to extract the data. Suppose the data needs to be combined. If I understand your task correctly, Merge cells by condition using the array formula

      =CONCAT(IF(LEFT(E2:E10,3)="32:",E2:E10,""))

      Press Ctrl + Shift + Enter so that array function to work.
      We merged all the cells that start with "32:"

  25. CAVBELLA1071 says:

    i want to use =RİGHT operation and every word contain ")" for ex asdasdasd),asdasdewqd),uymjutynm), but thera are a so many blanks and i want to delete blanks and i want to assigned them a number for exam. asdasdasd) = 123 asdasdewqd)=432 uymjutynm)=564 , there are a few exist them and i want to convert to number to text with use a only 1 letter that ")" how can i figure out
    i think if i use matlab it facilitate my works or complicate my works
    sorry for my bad english

  26. Valentin says:

    Cell A1 contains the googlefinanceticker NASDAQ:TQQQ
    Cell B1 should contain a Formula wich verifies if A1 contains a colon. If YES than got the name of the ticker.
    The idea should be like this, but I have problems with combination of funktion and syntaxis.
    =IF(ISNUMBER(FIND(":";P2));AA2=GOOGLEFINANCE(AP2;"PRICE");"ist kein googlefinanceID")
    Any idea !!! Thanks in advance for your help,
    Valentin

  27. Juan S says:

    Hi Alex! Great tutorials! I lead a group of sales coaches which write their feedback in an excel sheet. I am trying to build a formula which searches a keyword or phrase within a paragraph and the word or phrase after it ( Ex. keyword:OPPORTUNITY: FACT FINDING) Then, I would keep track how many times the phrase after the keyword was used. Any thoughts?

    • Hello Juan!
      I’m sorry but your task is not entirely clear to me.
      Please describe your problem in more detail.Is the feedback written in several cells or in one? Include an example of the source data and the result you want to get. It’ll help me understand your request better and find a solution for you. Thank you.

  28. Sanjay Limbu says:

    Respected Sirs,

    Here I have a problem to solve
    in a coloumn of name there are three or two words name
    Ram Bahadur Gautam
    sanjay Limbu

    I need to extract only last sir name to another column and copy the formula
    Thank your for your kindly assistance
    Sanay limbu

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