Check if a string contains one of many texts

Generic formula to check a list of texts in a String (use CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER)

=SUM(--ISNUMBER(SEARCH(list of strings, string)))>0

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Scenario:
You have a survey data in which people have answered some questions. The data entry operator entered all data as it is. See the image below.
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Now you have to know who mentioned any of these 3 colors Red, Blue and Green.
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Write this formula in adjacent cell and hit CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER on the keyboard.

=SUM(--ISNUMBER(SEARCH($F$2:$F$4,A2)))>0

Drag it down and you have your answers. Now how many of your audience has mentioned these three colors in there statements.
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How it Works

  • CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER
    =SUMPRODUCT(--ISNUMBER(SEARCH($F$2:$F$4,A2)))>0
  • SEARCH($F$2:$F$4,A2) : The SEARCH looks for each value in the range $F$2:$F$4 and returns an array of found locations or #VALUE! Errors. For cell A2 it returns {#VALUE!;#VALUE!;#VALUE!} for A3 it will return {#VALUE!;#VALUE!;1}.
  • ISNUMBER(SEARCH($F$2:$F$4,A2)) : ISNUMBER checks if supplied value in array is a number or not, if its number it returns TRUE else FALSE. For cell A2 it returns {FALSE;FALSE;FALSE} for A3 it will return {FALSE;FALSE;TRUE}.
  • --ISNUMBER(SEARCH($F$2:$F$4,A2)) : The double unary operator “--” converts TRUE into 1 and FALSE to 0. For cell A2 it returns {0;0;0} and for A3 it will return {0;0;1}.
  • SUM(--ISNUMBER(SEARCH(list of strings, string))) : SUM function sum the array. For cell A2 it returns 0 and for A3 it will return 1.
  • SUM(--ISNUMBER(SEARCH(list of strings, string)))>0 : Finally we check if sum of array is greater than 0 or not. If greater than 0, it means there is at least one mention of given colors and returns TRUE else FALSE.
  • Using this function you can check multiple texts or say substrings in a string in one stance. To learn more about amazing function of EXCEL 2016, 2013 and 2010 or older go to our home page. We have a large list of useful excel articles.

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