Tag Archives: FIND

Lookup a specific combination of characters exclusively, e.g. 5A not 5AA

Got the following question: hi, how do i search for a specific combination of characters exclusively i.e. if one cell contains 5A;3B&4C while another cell contains 5AA;3B&4C, and my search criteria is 5A, i want the results to return only … Continue reading

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Writing a long formula in steps

Writing a long formula is not easy, even for an advanced Excel user.  What I mean long is  a formula with many nested FUNCTIONS within a single formula.  The difficulty I am talking about is not related to whether you understand the … Continue reading

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Text manipulation with Excel functions

We talked about RIGHT, LEFT, MID, UPPER, LOWER, PROPER, FIND, SEARCH, REPLACE and SUBSTITUTE in the past few weeks.  Now it’s time to put every thing together to solve a problem.  This is actually the most amazing part of using … Continue reading

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FIND vs. SEARCH

In many situations, we use either FIND or SEARCH together with LEFT, RIGHT, MID to achieve what we need.  A typical example is to extract the first name and the last name from a full name where a coma acts as … Continue reading

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F5 – It is the key I rarely press

The working combinations for F5. F5 alone – Open the Go To Dialog box Ctrl+F5 – restore the window size of the selected workbook Shift+F5 – Open Find (and Replace) Alt+F5 – Refresh Pivot Table Ctrl+Alt+F5 – Refresh All Nevertheless, … Continue reading

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How Excel formula can save your time?

Extract number from a text string This post is about two things: How a poor system set up could drive you crazy? Why being good in Excel could save you lots of time in workplace? Another real work example.  I was … Continue reading

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Quickly delete/hide records (rows) with Strikethrough format by using Find and a couple of simple techniques.

Quickly delete/hide records (rows) with Strikethrough format by using Find and a couple of simple techniques. I had encountered a file with thousands of records (rows) that keeps track of details of different jobs.  Finished jobs were identified by Strikethrough … Continue reading

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