FIND Function in Excel – Find the position of the string in Excel

FIND Function in Excel returns the position of a specified character or sub-string within a supplied text string.

FIND Function is case sensitive whereas Search Function is not case sensitive.


Syntax of FIND Function in Excel:

FIND( find_text, within_text, [start_num] )


  • find_text – The character or sub-string that you wish to find the position of.
  • within_text – The text string that is to be searched.
  • [start_num] – An optional argument that specifies the position in the within_text string, from which the search should begin. Default is 1 which begin the search at the start of the within_text string.


Example of FIND Function in Excel


FIND Function in Excel 1

  • Row number 2 to 5 returns the position of the given substring in the corresponding string
  • Row number 6 returns position of the occurrence of “i” in the string (first occurrence)
  • Row number 7 returns position of the occurrence of “i”, starting from the 10th character of the string.
  • Row number 8 returns position of the occurrence of “INDIA”, since the FIND Function is case sensitive it returns the #VALUE! Error.


FIND Function in Excel 2

NOTE: #VALUE! Error Occurs if

  • The supplied find_text is not found in the supplied within_text string

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