Can the Find tool in Excel be used to find values created by formulas ?

Posted on 2011-10-05
Last Modified: 2012-06-21

I have an Excel worksheet in which the values in a column are created with a formula, for example,    ="INV" & A3 & B3
So the result might be INV478X (where 478 is in cell A3 and X is in cell B3

However, when I click on the Find/Replace icon and enter INV478X as search text it comes back with the message that the item can't be found.

Does Find not work when cells contain formulas ?

Question by:Tocogroup
    LVL 92

    Accepted Solution

    Yes.  In the find options, select a search of values rather than formulas.

    Author Closing Comment

    Many thanks.
    Shame on me for not looking further !
    That's great.

    Featured Post

    How your wiki can always stay up-to-date

    Quip doubles as a “living” wiki and a project management tool that evolves with your organization. As you finish projects in Quip, the work remains, easily accessible to all team members, new and old.
    - Increase transparency
    - Onboard new hires faster
    - Access from mobile/offline

    Join & Write a Comment

    Suggested Solutions

    Introduction This Article is a follow-up to my Mappit! Addin Article (, it was inspired by an email posting I made to EUSPRIG (, I will briefly cover: 1) An overvie…
    Improved? Move/Copy Add-in Replacement - How to avoid the annoying, “A formula or sheet you want to move or copy contains the name XXX, which already exists on the destination worksheet.” David Miller (dlmille)  It was one of those days… I wa…
    The viewer will learn how to simulate a series of coin tosses with the rand() function and learn how to make these “tosses” depend on a predetermined probability. Flipping Coins in Excel: Enter =RAND() into cell A2: Recalculate the random variable…
    This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate on a Mac how to change the sort order for chart legend values and decrpyt the intimidating chart menu.

    746 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    18 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now