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Search a grid of cells

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I'm looking for a search function to return the row and column of a cell containing matched data, or a combination of worksheet functions to do the same thing.

 

example:

set up numbers 1 to 12 across B1 to M1, and in A2 down to A13.

enter formula in B2 to M13 to multiply the number in row 1 by the number in column A.

Now I have a range B2:M13 containing all the various multiples.

 

A countif function tells me that there are 6 appearances of the number 12 in this range.

 

I want to be able to find the column and row numbers (actually the numbers from the top row and the left column), where these 12s appear so I can use the values in further calculations.

 

The Find & Select engine returns the cells using the Find All, but I want to be able to search over the range with a function.

As there is more than one match, either returning the first one or being able to add a 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc parameter would be nice.

 

Is there any worksheet function to search over a range of cells?
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