How To Find In Google Sheets

When you’re working with large datasets, finding specific information can feel like hunting for a needle in a haystack. Thankfully, Google Sheets has a built-in function to make this task easy: the Find function. In this blog post, we’ll be exploring how to effectively use this function to streamline your data manipulation tasks.

What is the Find Function?

The Find function in Google Sheets is a tool that allows you to search a specific string within a cell or range of cells. It returns the position at which the string is first found, counting from the first character of the cell content. If the string is not found, the function returns an error.

How to Use the Find Function

The syntax for the Find function is quite straightforward:

=FIND(search_text, within_text, [start_at])


  • search_text is the text you want to find.
  • within_text is the text within which you want to search.
  • start_at (optional) is the character position where the search should start.

An Example

Let’s consider a real-world example. Imagine you have a dataset containing email addresses of your customers and you want to find out the position of the “@” sign within these addresses.

Assume the email address is in cell A1. The formula would read:

=FIND("@", A1)

After pressing Enter, Google Sheets will return the position of the “@” sign in the email address contained in cell A1.

Key Takeaways

The Find function is a powerful tool within Google Sheets that allows you to effectively search for specific strings within large datasets. Whether you’re looking to analyze customer data, student information, or company records, mastering this function can significantly enhance your data manipulation skills.

Remember, practice makes perfect. The more you use the Find function, the more intuitive it will become. Happy finding!