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    Search Using an Array Formula...

    Evening,

    i am currently using the following array formula to search a range for a value and return its self refrence however i need to modify it as at present it will only return exact matches i need it to be able to search a string find a value and return the cell refrence

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    if A:A contains product codes like below

    41_74abdc
    41_74defg
    41_74hijk

    and the user searches for "defg" i will need the formula to return A2

    any insight would be appreciated

    there is no worry of duplicates as they cannot occur...
    Last edited by teshiburu1988; 07-30-2009 at 06:58 PM.

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    Re: Search Using an Array Formula...

    =ADDRESS(MATCH("*"&B1,A:A,0),1) where b1 contains defg
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    Re: Search Using an Array Formula...

    Im afraid that didnt work, i have attached a sample workbook which should explain what i am aiming to do?
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    Re: Search Using an Array Formula...

    you can just alter Martin's original and add a 2nd wildcard post partial string, ie:

    =ADDRESS(MATCH("*"&B1&"*",A:A,0),1)

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    Re: Search Using an Array Formula...

    thanks DonkeyOte, i tried that but must have gone wrong somewhere brilliant Huzaahh

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