Excel SEARCH Function

Excel SEARCH Function

Get the location of text in a string

Return value 
A number representing the location of find_text.

=SEARCH (find_text, within_text, [start_num])

  • find_text – The text to find.
  • within_text – The text to search within.
  • start_num – [optional] Starting position in the text to search. Optional, defaults to 1.

Usage notes 

Use the SEARCH function to get the location of one text string inside another. SEARCH returns the position of the first character of find_text inside within_text. Unlike FIND, SEARCH allows the use of wildcards, and is not case-sensitive.

SEARCH allows the wildcard characters question mark (?) and asterisk (*), in find_text. The ? matches any single character and the * matches any sequence of characters. To find a literal ? or *, use a tilde (~) before the character, i.e. ~* and ~?.

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