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SEARCH Function

Finds one text value within another (not case-sensitive)

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SEARCH(find_text, within_text, start_num)

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    find_text Required. The text you want to find. You can use the wildcard characters, question mark (?) and asterisk (*) in find_text. A question mark matches any single character and an asterisk matches any sequence of characters. If you want to find an actual question mark or asterisk, type a tilde (~) before the character. If find_text isn't found, the #VALUE! error is returned.

  • within_text Required. The text in which you want to search for find_text.

  • start_num Optional. The number of the character in within_text counting from the left, at which you want to start searching.

Applies To

Excel 2003 and above


SEARCH can use wildcards to search both numbers and text. This is contrast to the SUMIFS function and MATCH function, which can use wildcards only when searching text.


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