I want to do a Find and Replace using Excel's built in Find and Replace function instead of VBA coding in Excel 2007

I want to find (numeric data pairs) like 00 00 00 00 00  (i.e.  43 99 10 02 31)  but not like as 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 (i.e.  43 99 10 02 31 01 20).  And, of course vice versa.  So find 5 pairs not 6 or seven.  6 pairs but not 7 or 5 pairs. etc.  All cells that will be searched are numerically formatted  

It seems simple but I just don't get the Excel syntax to do this with the wild cards.  


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zorvek (Kevin Jones)ConsultantCommented:
About the best you will get is to use the question mark and use the option to find entire cell contents.

Try this to find 5 pairs (put this in the Find box and make sure you select Lookin: Values not formulas) also make sure entire cell content is ticked
?? ?? ?? ?? ??

unfortunately Excel only allow for * and ? and ~ as wildcards not like word where the list is long


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You're going to need the power of regular expressions.

For this simple find operation, you can create a VBA function that uses the Like operator and this pattern:
## ## ## ## ##

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## ## ## ## ## ##

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For best flexibility, you would pass the pattern or the repeat value (5 or 6) and the VBA function would return True or False.
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