The SEARCH/SEARCHB function is one of the text and data functions. Is used to return the location of the specified substring in a string. The SEARCH function is intended for languages that use the single-byte character set (SBCS), while SEARCHB - for languages that use the double-byte character set (DBCS) like Japanese, Chinese, Korean etc.
The SEARCH/SEARCHB function syntax is:
SEARCH(string-1, string-2 [,start-pos])
SEARCHB(string-1, string-2 [,start-pos])
string-1 is the substring to find.
string-2 is the string to search within.
start-pos is the position to start searching from. It is an optional argument. If it is omitted, the function will perform the search from the beginning of string-2.
The data can be entered manually or included into the cells you make reference to.
Note: if the function does not find the matches, it will return a #VALUE! error.
To apply the SEARCH/SEARCHB function,
- select the cell where you wish to display the result,
- click the Insert function icon situated at the top toolbar,
or right-click within a selected cell and select the Insert Function option from the menu,
or click the icon situated at the formula bar,
- select the Text and data function group from the list,
- click the SEARCH/SEARCHB function,
- enter the required arguments separating them by comma,
Note: the SEARCH/SEARCHB function is NOT case-sensitive.
- press the Enter button.
The result will be displayed in the selected cell.
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