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MS Excel 2013 SEARCH Function question

MS Excel 2013 SEARCH Function question

MS Excel 2013 SEARCH Function question

I am using a SEARCH function like this: =IF(ISNUMBER(SEARCH("LOS",$A6))=TRUE,$C6,"")

But, what I really want to do is to SEARCH for "LOS" OR "DTS" in the referenced cell. Can anyone show me how to format this?



RE: MS Excel 2013 SEARCH Function question

Your cell will contain either "LOS" or "DTS", but never ever anything else?

You cell might contains things like "randomDTStext" or "unimportantLOSpart"?

Something else?

RE: MS Excel 2013 SEARCH Function question

Not sure of the syntax, but I think it would look something like this.


RE: MS Excel 2013 SEARCH Function question

COUNTIF is simpler:


RE: MS Excel 2013 SEARCH Function question

Interesting solution!!

RE: MS Excel 2013 SEARCH Function question

I thank you all for your responses. Another answer was staring me in the face. So, since I was using an IF statement I did this: =IF(ISNUMBER(SEARCH("Desktop Simulator",$J6))=TRUE,$K6,(IF(ISNUMBER(SEARCH("LOS",$J6))=TRUE,$K6,""))). It may be a little clunky but it works. I will be keeping your suggestions on file for future projects.

mintjulep the two terms are unique and they will be in a string of text.

Does anyone see a problem with my solution? Please let me know.


RE: MS Excel 2013 SEARCH Function question

It works, but the formula size grows significantly when you add new conditions. Moreover, it is hard to debug. ISNUMBER returns TRUE/FALSE, no need to add "=TRUE".
Presonally I would combine SEARCH results in single OR formula, without nested IFs, esp. due to common output ($K6 or ""):
=IF(OR(ISNUMBER(SEARCH("Desktop Simulator",$J6)),ISNUMBER(SEARCH("LOS",$J6))),$K6,"")
New condition is simple in this case:


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