Excel FIND function

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Description

The FIND function is used to find a string within another string, and returns the starting position of the string inside another one. Supposing, =FIND("ea","pear") returns 2 which means to find the starting position of "ea" in "pear".

Syntax and arguments

Formula syntax

FIND(find_text,with_text,[start_num])

Arguments

  • Find_text: Required, the string or character you want to find.
  • Within_text: Reuquired, the string contains the find_text you want to find.
  • Start_num: Optional, the starting position in the within_text to search find_text. If omitting this argument, it is assumed to be 1.

Return Value

The FIND function returns the starting position of a string inside another one.

Remarks

1. The FIND function returns the starting position of the first instance of find_text in within_text.

2. The FIND function always returns the number of characters from the start of within_text.

3. If the find_text is empty, the FIND function returns the character numbered start_num, if start_num is omitted, returns 1.

4. The FIND function is case sensitive and does not support wildcards.

Errors

1. If the FIND function cannot find the find_text in the within_text, it returns #VALUE error.

2. If the start_num is not greater than zero, the FIND function returns #VALUE error.

3. If the start_num is longer that the within_text, the FIND function returns #VALUE error.

Usage and Examples

Example 1 Find start from first character in another string

=FIND(B3,C3,1)

 

Find_text Within_text Start_num Result  Formula Description
 a  banana 1  2  =FIND(B3,C3,1)  Find position of ”a” form the first character of “banana”

doc find function 2

=FIND(B4,C4,1)

 

Find_text Within_text Start_num Result  Formula Description
na  banana 1  3  =FIND(B4,C4,1) Find position of “na” form the first character of “banana”

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Example 2 Find start from nth character in another string

=FIND(B5,C5,3)

 

Find_text Within_text Start_num Result  Formula Description
 a  banana 3  4  =FIND(B5,C5,3) Find position of “a” from the third character of “banana”

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Example 3 Find string in case sensitive

=FIND(B6,C6,1)

 

Find_text Within_text Start_num Result  Formula Description
 a  banana 1  5  =FIND(B6,C6,1) Find position of “t” form the first character of “Ten tons” in case sensitive

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Download sample

find-function.xlsx


Relative Functions:

  • Excel DOLLAR Function
    The CHAR function is used to convert a number to text in the currency formatting, with the decimals rounded to the given number of decimal places.

  • Excel CLEAN Function
    The CLEAN function is used to remove all non-printable characters from the given text.

  • Excel CODE Function
    The CODE function returns a numeric code of a character or the first character in a given text string cell.


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