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Is there a way to search every cell containing [pattern] and clear it if the pattern exists?  Searching on this topic has been fruitless for me ... many ways to delete the entire row or filter out the row but I just want to clear contents of a cell if it contains pattern "xyx" anywhere in it.
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Question by:avatech
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
ID: 39169720
Try this

Select your data
From the ribbon menu select    Data > Filter
From the dropdown at the top of the column
    Select Text filters
    Select contains
    Type your pattern
    Click OK
Now you have a list with the pattern visible
Select this pattern and press the delete key
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by:helpfinder
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what if you select range where you want to look for a pattern. Then you do Replace (Ctrl+H) and and type in "Find what" your pattern and "Replace with" will be empty, then just click "Replace all"
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by:avatech
ID: 39171186
The find/replace only works for what is is explicitly found and not empty the whole cell.  I"ll try the filter idea and see how well that works.
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OK, let say you want to clear cell if it contains word "text", but in your cell it looks like "this_is_text".
so what if you use Replace (Ctrl+H) but do not define "Find what" like "text" but "*text*"
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by:avatech
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Genius!  I'm embarrassed I hadn't thought of pattern matching with wildcards ... thank you.
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