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search a range and return a value from another range without using arrays

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    search a range and return a value from another range without using arrays

    i'm looking for some help with this vba function. I want to make a lookup function that compares the value in a searchfield to the value of a range and returns a partial match.
    for example, if I have a range that contains the word october it would return that word if I search for oct

    The function I have works. However it is pretty slow when applied to large ranges. I've converted all my ranges to arrays and used those to search. I think solving the function without arrays should speed it up considerably.
    can anyone help me with the following two problems:

    * How can I change this function to work without having to convert my ranges to arrays first
    * How do I get this function to work with an entire column

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    Re: Help me tweak this formula

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    re: search a range and return a value from another range without using arrays


    No need to re-invent the wheel, use the Find method (Range object).
    For a partial match set the LookAt argument to xlPart.

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