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an expression in IF theory that works based on cells containing part (not whole)of a value

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    an expression in IF theory that works based on cells containing part (not whole)of a value

    hi

    this is a really little thing, but I just cant find the answer anywhere

    our company initial is TP, but sometimes it might be combined with a reference number, e.g TP5659
    I would like the IF formula to stick pick this up..

    I know if it was just the phrase 'TP' I would use =If(a1="tp"...
    how do I express that I would like my If formula to work when something 'contains', not an 'exact match'

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    Re: an expression in IF theory that works based on cells containing part (not whole)of a v

    One way

    =IF(ISNUMBER(SEARCH("tp",A1)),"yes","no")
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    Re: an expression in IF theory that works based on cells containing part (not whole)of a v

    You can do it like this:

    =IF(ISNUMBER(SEARCH("tp",A1)), ... etc.

    SEARCH is not case-sensitive (use FIND instead if that is important to you), and the formula will return a TRUE result if the letters tp occur anywhere in A1.

    You can also use COUNTIF with wildcard characters:

    =IF(COUNTIF(A1,"tp*")>0, ... etc

    or

    =IF(COUNTIF(A1,"*tp*")>0, ... etc

    The first one will only find tp if it is at the beginning of A1, whereas for the second one tp could occur anywhere.

    Hope this helps.

    Pete

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    Re: an expression in IF theory that works based on cells containing part (not whole)of a v

    Hay.

    both of these worked a treat.
    you people make it look SO easy,
    thanks for your help!!

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