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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

SEARCH Function in Ms-Excel

The Microsoft Excel SEARCH function returns the location of a substring in a string. The search is NOT case-sensitive.
The SEARCH function is a built-in function in Excel that is categorized as a String/Text Function. It can be used as a worksheet function (WS) in Excel. As a worksheet function, the SEARCH function can be entered as part of a formula in a cell of a worksheet.

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The syntax for the SEARCH function in Microsoft Excel is:

 SEARCH( substring, string, [start_position] )  

Parameters or Arguments

substring :  The substring that you want to find.
string      :  The string to search within.
start_position :  Optional. It is the position in string where the search will start. The first position is 1.

Note: If the SEARCH function does not find a match, it will return a #VALUE! error.

Applies To: Excel 2016, Excel 2013, Excel 2011 for Mac, Excel 2010, Excel 2007, Excel 2003,

                  Excel XP, Excel 2000

Type of Function : Worksheet function (WS)
Example (as Worksheet Function) - How to use the SEARCH function as a worksheet function in Microsoft Excel:

Based on the Excel spreadsheet above, the following SEARCH examples would return:

 =SEARCH("bet", A1)  
 Result: 6  
 =SEARCH("BET", A1, 3)  
 Result: 6  
 =SEARCH("e", A2)  
 Result: 2  
 =SEARCH("e", A2, 1)  
 Result: 2  
 =SEARCH("e", A2, 3)  
 Result: 9  
 =SEARCH("in", A2, 6)  
 Result: #VALUE!  
 =SEARCH("cel", "Excel", 1)  
 Result: 3  

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