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Best way of checking that characters are not found in string

Posted on 2014-03-27
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Hi Experts,

Do you know a better way of checking that a string of characters is found in a string than the one I currently use, which is:

=not(iserr(find("string",a1)))

I find it relatively cumbersome.

Thanks,

Thomas
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
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Try

=SUBSTITUTE(A1,"string","")<>A1
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Hello Thomas,

Shorter to use ISNUMBER like this

=ISNUMBER(FIND("string",a1))

or you can use COUNTIF with wildcards if you don't care about case, i.e.

=COUNTIF(A1,"*string*")>0

....although you can't use that latter one if A1 is a number

regards, barry
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by:nutsch
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Thanks for your input, the isnumber does save a little typing over the not(iserr(.

Thomas.
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