From the Not Just Numbers blog:

One of the things I love about Excel is that I continue to learn and find new quirks all the time.

An issue that arose while working on a spreadsheet for a client last week, caused me to find one of these such quirks.

Read on about the Curious Case of FIND and SEARCH…

I regularly use the FIND function to find text within other text, for various reasons.

The FIND function works as follows:

=FIND(text,within text,[start character])

This function returns the position (character number) of the first occurrence of “text” within “within text” – reading left to right, starting at the start character, or the beginning if omitted.




=FIND(“U”,”NOTJUSTNUMBERS”,7) returns 9

I had used this function as part of a larger formula in a client spreadsheet, but it needed to be case-insensitive. After a little Googling, I discovered the SEARCH function which is exactly the same as the FIND function, the only difference being that it is not case sensitive!

I was even able to use Find and Replace to swap all of my FIND functions for SEARCH functions, to stop them being case sensitive.

I might have come across this earlier if it had been called something like FINDCASEINSENSITIVE!

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