What Does It Do?

 

This function can be used to find the first occurrence of a text string within another text string.

 

Syntax

 

FIND(Text to find, Text, Start position)

  • Text to find (required) – This is the text you want to find within another text string.
  • Text (required) – This is the text you want to search within.
  • Start position (optional) – This is the result the function will return if the expression is false. If nothing is entered here the function will return FALSE when the expression is false.

 

Example

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In this example we search for the word “cookies” in the text “I love cookies, cookies are great!”. The first example omits the optional starting position =FIND(B3,C3) and returns an 8 which is the character position of the first instance of the word “cookies”. The second example has the starting position as 9 and therefore only starts looking for “cookies” after the first instance =FIND(B4,C4,D4) and returns 17.

 

Example-001-FIND-Function FIND function

 

Hmm, I think I’ll go have a cookie now…