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    Easy search & highlight function in Excel doesn't work...

    I've seen many videos now on YouTube and other sites explaing how to use the search function in Excel and it just doesn't work with my excel....
    I have three coloms in my sheet (A, B & C)
    They all have 10 rows with data (A1-10, B1-10, C1-10)
    What I want is to type some text in Cell E1 and the typed text will then be searched for in the range A1:C10
    If the text is found, the cell is highlighted with a different color.

    Apparently this should be very easy to do if I believe all the videos and sites but not with me :-(

    Who can help me solve this ???? Don't want to do it with VBA as it should be a build in option with excel....

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    Re: Easy search & highlight function in Excel doesn't work...

    Hi,

    Highlight A1:C10 with A1 selected

    Conditional formatting > add a rule > use a formula to determine

    Enter the formula =A1=$E$1

    Select your preferred formatting.
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    Re: Easy search & highlight function in Excel doesn't work...

    Did exactly what you wrote but again it's not working.....
    If Cell E1 is empty, all the cells A1:C10 are colored green (as set with preferred formatting)
    When I type some text that is visible in the range A1:C10 nothing happens

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    Re: Easy search & highlight function in Excel doesn't work...

    Please upload your excel file
    Then we can see why it is not working.
    Willem
    English is not my native language sorry for errors
    Please correct me if I'm completely wrong

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    Re: Easy search & highlight function in Excel doesn't work...

    Found the error / problem after testing it again but now on a new sheet
    On the new sheet it works but I tested it with single words !!
    Back to my actual sheet and it's not working again.
    Problem is that the search string is not exactly the same as the value in the cell
    The cells all contain a first and lastname. When I type Ralph there's no result. When I typ Ralph van Dyk it works !!
    Is it possible to change the formula so that is also highlights a cell when there's a part of the text found ??
    Last edited by minifreak; 10-05-2017 at 09:30 AM.

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    Re: Easy search & highlight function in Excel doesn't work...

    Try

    A1="Ralph Van Dyke"

    =ISNUMBER(SEARCH("van D",$A$1))

    will return TRUE if match found

    change the "Van D" to whatever is required e.g. Ralph, Ral .....

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    Re: Easy search & highlight function in Excel doesn't work...

    Not exactly what I need or it's not working again..
    This part was working correctly =A1=$E$1
    If I type Ralph Van Dyke in E1 the cell where this value is will be highlighted with a green color.
    As soon as I typ Van Dyke of just Ralph, nothing happens.
    So I tried your last formula =ISNUMBER(SEARCH("van D",$A$1)) and changed it to =ISNUMBER(SEARCH($E$1,$A$1)) because it needs to find the value (or part of) what's typed in E1
    but this is not working....

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    Re: Easy search & highlight function in Excel doesn't work...

    Again ...
    Quote Originally Posted by popipipo View Post
    Please upload your excel file
    Then we can see why it is not working.
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