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SEARCH (Find_Text,Within_Text,Start_Num)


  • is the text to search in original string,
  • is the original string from which mentioned text is to be searched, and
  • is an optional argument that specifies the character position to start the search.
    • SEARCH() identifies the occurrence of specified text string from the original string and returns the starting position of the matched string.


SEARCH (Find_Text,Within_Text,Start_Num) For Example,

SEARCH("COME", "WELCOME",1) returns 4

  • SEARCH function can be used to find text within a text. SEARCH counts 1 byte per character. SEARCH works with the languages that use 'Single Byte Character Set' (SBCS).
  • can be any string containing characters, numbers, symbols, blank spaces etc.
  • and when directly entered in the command, should be enclosed in double quotes (e.g. "Name").
  • Argument is optional. If omitted, Calci assumes to be 1.
  • should be an integer > 0, else Calci displays #NULL error message.
  • If > 'length of text', Calci displays #N/A error message.
  • If string specified in is not a part of the reference string , Calci returns #N/A error string.
  • SEARCH function is not case sensitive.


Happy New Year!!!
=SEARCH("A", A1) : Returns 3 as output.
=SEARCH("New", A2) : Returns 7 as output. Space character is also counted.
=SEARCH("Year",A2,6) : Search is started from 6th position. Returns 11 as output. 
Space character is also counted.

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