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How to find exact word in a string in Excel?

Supposing you have a text string list with single word or space-separated words in cells, and now you want to find an exact word within the strings in Excel, is there any method to achieve it? As below screenshot, you want to find the exact word “low” in the strings, and “below” or other words containing “low” ≠ ”low” in the text string. The method in this article will help you to solve the problem.

Find exact word in a string with formula


Find exact word in a string with formula

You can apply the below formula to find exact word within text string in Excel. Please do as follows.

1. Select a blank cell, copy formula =ISNUMBER(SEARCH(" low ", " "&A2&" ")) into the Formula Bar and then press the Enter key. See screenshot:

2. Select the first result, then drag the Fill Handle down to get all results. See screenshot:

Note: If the exact word existing in the text string, you will get the TRUE result. Otherwise, you will get the FALSE result.


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Hello, how to retrieve the value that triggered TRUE? Thanks
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Helpful tip. If you want case sensitive function match, replace search with FIND
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Can you do the exact match while using a list of search terms in a column ie: A2:A500
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Bonjour, comment récupérer la valeur qui a déclenché TRUE ? Merci
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hello, how could I search for more than one word at a time? thank you
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