Excel allows us to a position of the first partial match in a range, by using the MATCH function. The function returns the first row where the selected string is founded. This step by step tutorial will assist all levels of Excel users in finding a position of the first partial match.

*Figure 1. The final result of the MATCH function*

**Syntax of the MATCH formula**

**=MATCH(lookup_value, lookup_array, [match_type])**

The parameters of the MATCH function are:

**lookup_value**– a value which we want to find in the lookup_array**lookup_array**– the array where we want to find a value**[match_type]**– a type of match. We put 0 which is an exact match.

**Setting up Our Data for Finding a Position for the First Partial Match**

In column B (“Text”), we have the text in two rows. In the cell E2, we have the string which position (row number) we want to find in the range B3:B4. The result of the MATCH function will be in the cell E3.

* Figure 2. Data that we will use in the MATCH function example*

**Find a Position of the First Partial Match in a Range Using the MATCH Function**

We want to get a row from the range B3:B4 in the cell E3, where the string “row” occurs for the first time.

The formula looks like:

**=MATCH("*"&E2&"*", B3:B4, 0)**

The **lookup_value** is “*”&E2&”*”. We add an asterisk (*) before and after E2 because we want to find text even as a part of a text. An asterisk stands for any character. The **lookup_array** is the range **B3:B4**. The **match_type** is 0.

To apply the MATCH function, we need to follow these steps:

- Select cell E3 and click on it
- Insert the formula:
`=MATCH("*"&E2&"*", B3:B4, 0)`

- Press enter

*Figure 3. Using the MATCH function to find the position of a string in a text*

The MATCH function will return 2, as the string “row” occurs for the first time in the second row of the range B3:B4.

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