In this article, we will learn how to lookup a certain text and returns the certain text using Excel functions.
How to solve the problem?
If we need to find a text string in Excel, if cell contains the same text. Use a combination of the following functions in Excel.
Let’s look at this table below, here we took some strings. We have some text words to run the formula as example:
Use the formula under the TEXT column
Substring or certain text : tain
The SEARCH function searches for the text "tain" in the words. If it finds the text "tain" in the cell, it returns the position of the text in the words cell. In cell C4, we have text "Mountain". It contains the sub-string "tain" at position 5. Now the formula drops down to this IFERROR(IF(5,"tain"),"No"). IF function treats any value greater than 0 as TRUE. Hence we obtained the result as "tain".
If the SEARCH function unable to find the text, it would result #VALUE! error. This would have caused the entire IF function to result in #VALUE! error. If the inner expression results in error, the IFERROR function comes into action and returns the specified result for an error, which is a "NO" here.
Copy the formula in other cells, select the cells taking the first cell where the formula is already applied, use shortcut key Ctrl+ D.
As you can see the words which contain the substring, returns the substring or else it returns No.
If you just want to check if the given cell contains the specified string or not, you can strip out IFERROR and IF function from the above function and encapsulate SEARCH function with ISNUMBER function.
This will return a TRUE if the cell contains the specified text and FALSE if it does not.
The technique is the same as the above formula. The ISNUMBER function returns to TRUE if it is supplied with a numeric value. Else it returns false.
Hope you learned how to search with the use of SEARCH, IF and IFERROR.You can perform these tasks in Excel 2013 and 2010. Find more articles on search text here. Please do mention your views or questions below in the comment box. We will help you.
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