FIND, FINDB Function

Description

The FIND and FINDB Functions locate one text string within a second text string, and return the number of the starting position of the first text string from the first character of the second text string.

What is the difference between FIND and FINDB?

FIND is intended for use with languages that use the single-byte character set (SBCS), whereas FINDB is intended for use with languages that use the double-byte character set (DBCS). The default language setting on your computer affects the return value in the following way:

  • FIND always counts each character, whether single-byte or double-byte, as 1, no matter what the default language setting is.
  • FINDB counts each double-byte character as 2 when you have enabled the editing of a language that supports DBCS and then set it as the default language. Otherwise, FINDB counts each character as 1.

The languages that support DBCS include Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Korean, and Japanese.

Syntax

FIND(find_text, within_text, [start_num])

FINDB(find_text, within_text, [start_num])

Parameters

Find_text Required. The text you want to find.
Within_text Required. The text containing the text you want to find.
Start_num Optional. Specifies the character at which to start the search. The first character in within_text is character number 1. If you omit start_num, it is assumed to be 1.

Remarks

  • FIND and FINDB are case sensitive and don't allow wildcard characters. If you don't want to do a case sensitive search or use wildcard characters, you can use SEARCH and SEARCHB.
  • If find_text is "" (empty text), FIND matches the first character in the search string (that is, the character numbered start_num or 1).
  • Find_text cannot contain any wildcard characters.
  • If find_text does not appear in within_text, FIND and FINDB return the #VALUE! error value.
  • If start_num is not greater than zero, FIND and FINDB return the #VALUE! error value.
  • If start_num is greater than the length of within_text, FIND and FINDB return the #VALUE! error value.
  • Use start_num to skip a specified number of characters. Using FIND as an example, suppose you are working with the text string "AYF0093.YoungMensApparel". To find the number of the first "Y" in the descriptive part of the text string, set start_num equal to 8 so that the serial-number portion of the text is not searched. FIND begins with character 8, finds find_text at the next character, and returns the number 9. FIND always returns the number of characters from the start of within_text, counting the characters you skip if start_num is greater than 1.

Examples

Example 1: FIND

The example may be easier to understand if you copy A1:C11 to a blank worksheet.

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Formula Result Description
=FIND("G",A2) 1 Position of the first "G" in the string above.
=FIND("g",A2) 4 Position of the first "g" in the string above.
=FIND("G",A2,3) 8 Position of the first "G" in the string above, starting with the third character.
=FIND("",A2,3) 3 find_text is "" (empty text) and have start_num, returns start_num.
=FIND("",A2) 1 find_text is "" (empty text), return 1.
=FIND("X",A2) #VALUE! find_text does not appear in within_text.
=FIND("",A2,-3) #VALUE! start_num is not greater than zero.
=FIND("G",A2,13) #VALUE! start_num is greater than the length of within_text (12).

Example 2: FIND nested within MID

The example may be easier to understand if you copy A1:C8 to a blank worksheet.

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Formula Result Description
=MID(A2,1,FIND("#",A2,1)-1) Microsoft Excel Extracts text from position 1 to the position of "#" in A2.
=MID(A3,1,FIND("#",A3,1)-1) Microsoft Word Extracts text from position 1 to the position of "#" in A3.
=MID(A4,1,FIND("#",A4,1)-1) Microsoft PowerPoint Extracts text from position 1 to the position of "#" in A4.

Example 3: FINDB

=FINDB("国","中国香港")

FINDB returns 3 because each character is counted by its bytes; the first character has 2 bytes, so the second character begins at byte 3.

=FIND("国","中国香港")

FIND returns 2 because "国" is in the second position within the string. FIND returns 2 no matter what the default language setting is on your computer.

Example 4: Find The First Number In A Text String

Advanced example: How To Find The First Number In A Text String Use Excel Formula

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See also: Excel text functions

ASC
Changes full-width (double-byte) English letters or katakana within a character string to half-width (single-byte) characters
BAHTTEXT
Converts a number to text, using the ß (baht) currency format
CHAR
Returns the character specified by the code number
CLEAN
Removes all nonprintable characters from text
CODE
Returns a numeric code for the first character in a text string
CONCATENATE
Joins several text items into one text item
DOLLAR
Converts a number to text, using the $ (dollar) currency format
EXACT
Checks to see if two text values are identical
FIND, FINDB
Finds one text value within another (case-sensitive)
FIXED
Formats a number as text with a fixed number of decimals
WIDECHAR
Changes half-width (single-byte) English letters or katakana within a character string to full-width (double-byte) characters
LEFT, LEFTB
Returns the leftmost characters from a text value
LEN, LENB
Returns the number of characters in a text string
LOWER
Converts text to lowercase
MID, MIDB
Returns a specific number of characters from a text string starting at the position you specify
PHONETIC
Extracts the phonetic (furigana) characters from a text string
PROPER
Capitalizes the first letter in each word of a text value
REPLACE, REPLACEB
Replaces characters within text
REPT
Repeats text a given number of times
RIGHT, RIGHTB
Returns the rightmost characters from a text value
SEARCH, SEARCHB
Finds one text value within another (not case-sensitive)
SUBSTITUTE
Substitutes new text for old text in a text string
T
Converts its arguments to text
TEXT
Formats a number and converts it to text
TRIM
Removes spaces from text
UPPER
Converts text to uppercase
VALUE
Converts a text argument to a number

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