We can use the excel **FIND FUNCTION** to locate the position of a **specific character or substring** within a text string in an Excel sheet. The **FIND function** returns a **#VALUE! error** if the substring is not found. The steps below will walk through the process.

*Figure 1: How to Use the Excel FIND Function*

**Syntax**

**=FIND(find-text, within-text, [start-num])**

**Start-num-**This is optional and it specifies the character where the search begins. When omitted, the search begins from the first character of the within-text string.

**Formula**

**=FIND("my",B4)**

**Setting up the Data**

- We will set up the data by inputting the
**TEXT**into**Column B** **Column C**is where we want the formula to return the result

* Figure 2: Setting up the Data*

**Using the Excel FIND Function**

We intend to use the **FIND function **to locate the position of the word **“my”** in the text values of **Column B**

- We will click on
**Cell C4** - We will insert the formula below into the cell

**=FIND("my",B4)** - We will
**press the enter key**

* Figure 3: #VALUE error returned by the FIND function for Cell B4*

- We will click on
**Cell C4**again - We will
**double-click**on the fill handle (**the small plus sign at the bottom right of Cell C4**) and drag down to copy the formula into the other cells

*Figure 4: Result of the FIND function*

**Note**

- The
**FIND function**is case sensitive. This is why**Cell B4**and**Cell B9**returns the**#Value!**error - The
**FIND function**does not allow the use of wildcard characters - The
**FIND function**returns the first character in the search string if the**find-text**is an empty string

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