In this article, we will learn How to Check If Cell Contains Specific Text in Excel.

**Scenario :**

Identify particular text in a cell or different word in given cells. For example finding the department ID from a database. I think you must have thought to do it manually but time constraint. You are here at the right place to learn How to check if a cell contains specific text.

**Generic formula:**

The text you are looking for can either be exact or case insensitive. Case insensitive means formula looks for **AG **can return **ag, Ag, AG or aG**.

**Case insensitive formula:**

=ISNUMBER(SEARCH(find_text,within_text)) |

find_text : text to find

within_text : to find in text

**Case sensitive formula:**

=ISNUMBER(FIND(find_text,within_text)) |

find_text : text to find

within_text : to find in text

**Note:**

The above formulas will return True or False. Use the IF function with formula to return YES or NO.

**Example :**

All of these might be confusing to understand. Let's understand how to use the function using an example. Here we have some employees to look up by the given department Id. Employee id has name, department id and particular id. Here lookup text is in column D and within text is in Column C.

**Use the formula:**

=ISNUMBER(SEARCH(D4,C4)) |

As you can see the formula finds **aB** when you looked for

**AB** using the Search function. Copy the formula to the rest of the cells using the **Ctrl + D** or dragging it down from the right bottom (tiny box) of the applied cell.

As you can see we found all the given department id employees using the above method. Now we will check if all cells contain specific text.

**Another Example: (Case Sensitive)**

Here we have been given a list of Employee Id information in column A and the look up department is "XG". Here we need to find the department "XG" in all cells. "XG" must be exact as there are two different departments that go by "Xg". So check only "XG" in all cells and return "Yes" if found and return "No" If not.

**Use the formula:**

=ISNUMBER(FIND(D4,C4)) |

As you can see First employee doesn't belong to "XG" so the formula returns "No" using the FIND function. Copy the formula to the rest of the cells using the **Ctrl + D** or dragging it down from the right bottom (tiny box) of the applied cell.

As you can see there is only one employee in "XG" department. This formula is useful wherever the database contains multiple information of a row in one cell.

**Check if cell Matches multiple text**

In the above example we lookup one given text in cells. If we have multiple texts then we use the SUMPRODUCT function, This formula returns TRUE/FALSE as per the value found/ Not found.

**Use the formula:**

=SUMPRODUCT(--ISNUMBER(SEARCH(,A1)))>0 |

Learn more about this formula. Follow this link **How to Check if a string contains one of many texts in Excel**.

Here are all the observational notes using the above explained formulas in Excel

**Notes :**

- Use the "find_text" in quotes when using hard coded values. Or else use cell reference as explained in the first example.
- SEARCH is case insensitive function whereas FIND is the case Sensitive dunction.
- Use the IF function, if you want to get the result in required forms like YES/NO or Found/Notfound.

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