How To Use Excel FIND Function

how to use excel find function

Quick Intro

Use Excel Find Function to locate the position of a text string from another text string.

By using this function, you can find a single character as well as a complete word from a text string. It will return the starting position of a text string in another text string.



  • find_text Text string which you want to find from the another text string. find_text can be a single alphabet or a word.
  • within_text Text string from which you want to locate the text. You can refer to a cell, or you can input a text in your function.
  • start_num A number represent the starting position of the search.

More Information on Excel FIND Function

  • It is a case sensitive function. You can use the search function if you want to search for a non-case-sensitive text.
  • You can refer to a single cell at a time.
  • You can also use wildcard characters (* ? ~) in it.
  • start_num should be a number between 0 to max length of the text string from which you want to find your text.
  • When you are searching for a whole word from another text string, it will only return its the starting point.


In above example, we are searching for alphabet “well” and we have specified start_num as 1 to start our search.

Our formula returns 12 as the position of the text. And, if you look at it, the word “well” starts from the 12th position in the text string.

Extract a Text With Excel Find Function

Now, in above example, we have used the find function to locate the “:”. And, then with the help of MID Function and LEN Function, we have extracted the name from the cell.

excel find function with mid function

Sample File

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What’s Next?

To learn more about Excel FIND Function you can check Microsoft’s Help Section. And, if you have a unique idea to use it, I would love to hear from you.

There is also you have SEARCH function which is highly useful. Apart from this, I have a list of excel functions and some real life formulas examples.

  • Jaderson Almeida

    Hello, good morning! Very nice explanation! Congrats! Keep up your great job.

    • Puneet Gogia

      Hey Jaderson.

      Thanks for your words.