FIND Function In Excel

This Excel Tutorial demonstrates how to use the Excel FIND Function in Excel to find text within text, with formula examples.

FIND Function Description:

The FIND Function Finds a character or text string and returns it’s position in the cell. Case-sensitive.

Formula Examples:

find function examples

ExampleFormulaResult
Seartch Text=FIND(C5,D5)4
Search Text – starting at Char 5=FIND(C6,D6,E6)7
ERROR: Case Doesn’t Match=FIND(C7,D7)#VALUE!
ERROR: String Not Found.=FIND(C8,D8)#VALUE!
ERROR: Wildcards not supported=FIND(C9,D9)#VALUE!

Syntax and Arguments:

The Syntax for the FIND Formula is:

Function Arguments ( Inputs ):

find_text – The string of text that you wish to find.

within_text – The original string of text.

start_num – OPTIONAL. The character number from which to start the search. Note: This only changes the search range, it will not affect the number returned when a match is found. Example: searching for “s” in string “suns” will return 1 by default, but if the start_num is set to 2, it will return 4.

Additional Notes

The FIND Function is case-sensitive.

The FIND Function does not support wildcards.

Use the SEARCH Function to use wildcards and for non case-sensitive searches.

FIND Examples in VBA

You can also use the FIND function in VBA. Type:
application.worksheetfunction.find(find_text,within_text,start_num)
For the function arguments (find_text, etc.), you can either enter them directly into the function, or define variables to use instead.

Return to the List of all Functions in Excel

How to use the FIND Function in Excel:

To use the AND Excel Worksheet Function, type the following into a cell:
=AND(
After entering it in the cell, notice how the AND formula inputs appear below the cell:
find formula syntax
You will need to enter these inputs into the function. The function inputs are covered in more detail in the next section. However, if you ever need more help with the function, after typing “=FIND(” into a cell, without leaving the cell, use the shortcut CTRL + A (A for Arguments) to open the “Insert Function Dialog Box” for detailed instructions:
how to use the find function in excel

For more information about the FIND Formula visit the
Microsoft Website.

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