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FIND: Google Sheets Formulae Explained

How do you use FIND in Google Sheets?

FIND is a function in Google Sheets that allows you to search for a specific value in a given range of cells. You can use FIND to return the position of a value in a string, or the numeric position of a value in a list of numbers. To use FIND, you simply need to enter the function name, followed by the value you're looking for, and the range of cells you want to search. For example, if you wanted to find the position of the letter "e" in the word "hello", you would use the FIND function like this: =FIND("e", "hello")

What is the syntax of FIND in Google Sheets?

The FIND function in Google Sheets returns the position of a substring in a string. The syntax of the FIND function is:

FIND(substring, string)

The first argument is the substring that you want to find. The second argument is the string that you want to search.

What is an example of how to use FIND in Google Sheets?

To use the FIND function in Google Sheets, you will first need to open up the function wizard by clicking on the "Fx" button in the toolbar, or by pressing Control + Shift + F (Command + Shift + F on a Mac). Once the function wizard is open, type "FIND" into the "Search for functions" bar, and then select "FIND" from the list of functions that appears.

Now, let's say that you want to find the location of the word "hello" in a text string. In the function wizard, enter the following into the "Formula" bar:

FIND("hello", "Hello world")

Then, click on the "OK" button to insert the function into your spreadsheet. The function will return the location of the word "hello" in the text string "Hello world", which in this case is the fourth letter in the string.

When should you not use FIND in Google Sheets?

There are a few occasions when you should not use the FIND function in Google Sheets. One such occasion is when you are looking for a specific value in a column that is not in the first column. In this case, you can use the INDEX function to find the value you are looking for. Another time you should not use the FIND function is when you are looking for a specific value in a row that is not in the first row. In this case, you can use the MATCH function to find the value you are looking for.

What are some similar formulae to FIND in Google Sheets?

Some similar formulae to FIND in Google Sheets are the VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP functions. These functions allow you to lookup values in a table of data. The MATCH function can be used to find the position of a value in a list. The INDEX function can be used to return a value from a specific position in a list.

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