The **Find function in Excel** determines the exact location (in number format) of a specified short text string within another longer one.

Whenever the text searched for is not found, the **Excel Find formula** returns the #VALUE error.

*Figure 1. of Find Function in Excel*

**Generic Formula**

`=FIND(find_text,within_text,[start_num])`

- find_text = The text we want Excel to find.
- within_text = The text string for Excel to search within.
- start_num (optional) = The starting point for Excel to begin the search (defaults is 1).

The Find or **search function in Excel** is case-sensitive; thus, it does not recognize wildcards such as asterisk, tilde, and question mark.

**How to Use the Find Function in Excel**

We will now use the **Find formula in Excel** to locate a series of sub-text within larger text strings in the simple steps highlighted below;

- We start by collecting the data available to us inside our spreadsheet;

*Figure 2. of Text Strings in Excel*

Our goal in the illustration above is to search the text strings in column B for the values in each cell in column A.

Be sure to allocate empty cells for the search function in Excel to return the desired results (see column D above)

- The
**Excel Find formula**we will enter into cell D2 above is as follows;

`=FIND(A2,B2)`

*Figure 3. of Find Function in Excel*

The **find function in Excel** returned “6” as the number value representing the exact location of the letter “r” inside the word “leopard”.

- To generate similar results, modify and copy the
**find function**in D2 down the other cells in the RESULT column;

*Figure 4. of Find Function in Excel*

Note that the Excel Find formula returned the #VALUE error in cell D6, because of the case sensitive nature of the **find function**