The Excel FIND function returns the position of a specified character or sub-string within a supplied text string.
The function is case-sensitive. If you want to perform a non-case-sensitive search, use the Excel Search function instead.
The syntax of the Find function is:
Where the function arguments are:
|find_text||-||The character or sub-string that you wish to find.|
|within_text||-||The text string that is to be searched.|
|[start_num]||-||within_text string)If omitted, this takes on the default value of 1 (i.e. begin the search at the start of the|
If the supplied find_text is found, the Find function returns a number that represents its position in the within_text. If the supplied find_text is not found, the function returns the Excel #VALUE! error.
In column B of the following spreadsheet, the Excel Find function is used to find various characters in the text string "Original Text".
Note that, in the above spreadsheet:
For further examples of the Excel Find function, see the split string in Excel page.
Also, further details of the Find function are provided on the Microsoft Office website.
If you get an error from the Excel Find function this is likely to be the #VALUE! error: