Finding a value in excel may be necessary for excel at some point but now the problem comes in when the worksheet you have is large let us say an enterprise. If you decided to do it manually it will not only be tiresome but also time-consuming. This guide will give you a quick and easy way to find data in excel.
Using FIND function
The position of a specific character or substring within a text string can be returned by using the Find function in excel. The syntax used is
FIND(find_text, within_text, [Start_num] )
The 2 arguments at the start are required while the last one is optional.
find_text– the desired character or substring to be found.
within_text-The range within which the search is done. It is usually given information of cell reference but the string can be typed directly in the formula.
Start_num– this is an optional argument that specifies from which character the search begins. If it is not included the search starts from the 1st character of the within-text string.
If the find_text character is not found by the Find function a #VALUE! Error is given as feedback.
Using Go To
Go To command can easily be used to quickly find cells that contain a specific type of data such as formulas and select them. The Go-To tool may also be used to identify cells that only satisfy particular criteria, such as the final cells in a spreadsheet with data or formatting.
To use the Go tool to search values in a cell
1. Start by doing either of the following;
- To search through all the worksheets for a specific cell, click on the cell.
- Otherwise, if you want to search for a specific cell within a specific area, you will need to select the row, column, or range of your choice.
2. On the Home tab, in the Editing group, click on Find & Select and the Go-To. You can also press the keyboard shortcut key combination Ctrl + G.
3. Once you have this click on special.
4. A Go-To Special dialog box will appear. Click on one of the options below depending on what you desire.
|Cells that have comments.
|Cells that have constants.
|Cells containing formulas and their type are below.
|An entire list.
|An entire array
|All cells in a specified row that differ from the active cell.
|In a given column, all cells vary from the active cell.
|Cells in the active cell are referenced by the formula.
|The last cell on the worksheet that contains information
|Visible cells only
|Visible in a range including concealed rows or columns.
|Cells that solely have conditional formats are applied.