Search and highlight search results in Excel
In Excel, you can use the Find and Replace function to find a specific value, but do you know how to highlight the search results after searching? In this article, I introduce two different ways to help you search and highlight search results at the meanwhile in Excel.
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In Excel, there is a VBA code that can help you search a value and then highlight the search results.
1. Enable the sheet you want to search and highlight results, press Alt + F11 keys to open Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.
2. Click Insert > Module, and paste below code to the new module.
VBA: Highlight search results
Sub FindRange() 'UpdatebyExtendoffice20190813 Dim xRg As Range Dim xFRg As Range Dim xStrAddress As String Dim xVrt As Variant xVrt = Application.InputBox(prompt:="Search:", Title:="www.extendoffice.com") If xVrt <> "" Then Set xFRg = ActiveSheet.Cells.Find(what:=xVrt) If xFRg Is Nothing Then MsgBox prompt:="Cannot find this value", Title:="www.extendoffice.com" Exit Sub End If xStrAddress = xFRg.Address Set xRg = xFRg Do Set xFRg = ActiveSheet.Cells.FindNext(After:=xFRg) Set xRg = Application.Union(xRg, xFRg) Loop Until xFRg.Address = xStrAddress If xRg.Count > 0 Then xRg.Interior.ColorIndex = 8 xRsp = MsgBox(prompt:="Do you want to cancel highlighting?", Title:="www.extendoffice.com", Buttons:=vbQuestion + vbOKCancel) If xRsp = vbOK Then xRg.Interior.ColorIndex = xlNone End If End If End Sub
3. Press F5 key, then a searching box pops out for you to type the specified value you search.
4. Click OK, the matched results have been highlighted with a background color. Also, a dialog pops out to ask you if cancel the highlighting. Click OK to cancel the highlighting and close the dialog, click Cancel to keep the highlighting and close the dialog.
1. If there is no matched value found, a dialog pops out to remind you.
2. This VBA works for the whole active sheet and case insensitive.
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In Excel, the Conditional Formatting function also can automatically highlight the search results.
Supposing the data and search box display as below screenshot, now please do as below steps:
1. Select the range you want to search in, and click Home > Conditional Formatting > New Rule.
2. In the New Formatting Rule dialog, select Use a formula to determine which cells to format in the Select a Rule Type section, then go to the text box under Format values where this formula is true, type =AND($E$2<>"",$E$2=A4).
E2 is the cell you will place the search value, and A4 is the first cell in the range where you search in.
3. Click Format button, go to the Format Cells dialog, under Fill tab, choose one color as you need. Click OK > OK to close the dialogs.
From now on, when you enter the keyword in Cell E2, the search results will be automatically highlighted in the specified range.
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