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FIND Formula in Excel

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What does it do?

Gets the position of a specific text within another text

Formula breakdown:

=FIND(find_text, within_text, [start_num])

What it means:

=FIND(text to be searched, the source text, [starting position of the source text])

If you want to check where a specific text is located in the source text, it is very easy to search for the position using the FIND Formula!

You need to take note that the FIND Formula is case-sensitive when searching for your text! And it always matches the first occurrence. We will see in our examples below!

I explain how you can do this below:

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STEP 1: We need to enter the FIND function in a blank cell:


FIND Formula in Excel


STEP 2: The FIND arguments:


What is the text to be searched for?

Select the cell containing the text to be searched for. In our first example, we want to search for ‘x’ in the word ‘Excel’:


FIND Formula in Excel


What is your source text?

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Select the cell source text. So let’s select ‘Excel’ as our source text:

=FIND(D9, C9,

FIND Formula in Excel


Where do you want to start searching in your source text?

You can leave this blank, it will default to 1 which means it will start looking from the first character of your source text. In our case, let us put in 1 to start searching from there:

=FIND(D9, C9, 1)

FIND Formula in Excel

Apply the same formula to the rest of the cells by dragging the lower right corner downwards.

FIND Formula in Excel

You can see that the matching is case sensitive! And if it’s unable to find your text, it will return #VALUE.

FIND Formula in Excel


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