Range.Find Method (Excel)

Finds specific information in a range.


expression .Find(What, After, LookIn, LookAt, SearchOrder, SearchDirection, MatchCase, MatchByte, SearchFormat)

expression A variable that represents a Range object.




Data Type





The data to search for. Can be a string or any Microsoft Excel data type.




The cell after which you want the search to begin. This corresponds to the position of the active cell when a search is done from the user interface. Notice that After must be a single cell in the range. Remember that the search begins after this cell; the specified cell isn’t searched until the method wraps back around to this cell. If you do no specify this argument, the search starts after the cell in the upper-left corner of the range.




The type of information.




Can be one of the following XlLookAt constants: xlWhole or xlPart.




Can be one of the following XlSearchOrder constants: xlByRows or xlByColumns.




. The search direction.




True to make the search case sensitive. The default value is False.




Used only if you have selected or installed double-byte language support. True to have double-byte characters match only double-byte characters. False to have double-byte characters match their single-byte equivalents.




The search format.

Return Value

A Range object that represents the first cell where that information is found.


This method returns Nothing if no match is found. The Find method does not affect the selection or the active cell.

The settings for LookIn, LookAt, SearchOrder, and MatchByte are saved each time you use this method. If you do not specify values for these arguments the next time you call the method, the saved values are used. Setting these arguments changes the settings in the Find dialog box, and changing the settings in the Find dialog box changes the saved values that are used if you omit the arguments. To avoid problems, set these arguments explicitly each time you use this method.

You can use the FindNext and FindPrevious methods to repeat the search.

When the search reaches the end of the specified search range, it wraps around to the beginning of the range. To stop a search when this wraparound occurs, save the address of the first found cell, and then test each successive found-cell address against this saved address.

To find cells that match more complicated patterns, use a For Each...Next statement with the Like operator. For example, the following code searches for all cells in the range A1:C5 that use a font whose name starts with the letters Cour. When Microsoft Excel finds a match, it changes the font to Times New Roman.

For Each c In [A1:C5] If c.Font.Name Like "Cour*" Then c.Font.Name = "Times New Roman" End If Next


This example finds all cells in the range A1:A500 on worksheet one that contain the value 2 and changes it to 5.

With Worksheets(1).Range("a1:a500") 
    Set c = .Find(2, lookin:=xlValues) 
    If Not c Is Nothing Then 
        firstAddress = c.Address 
            c.Value = 5 
            Set c = .FindNext(c) 
        Loop While Not c Is Nothing And c.Address <> firstAddress 
    End If 
End With

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This example takes a path and name of a workbook and a search term, and searches the specified workbook for the search term. If the search term is found, the address of the result is stored in cell D10 of the current workbook.

Option Explicit

Sub FindAddress()
    'Defining the variables.
    Dim GCell As Range
    Dim Page$, Txt$, MyPath$, MyWB$, MySheet$
    'The text for which to search.
    Txt = "Hello"
    'The path to the workbook in which to search.
    MyPath = "C:\Your\File\Path\"
    'The name of the workbook in which to search.
    MyWB = "YourFileName.xls"
    'Use the current sheet as the place to store the data for which to search.
    MySheet = ActiveSheet.Name
    'If an error occurs, use the error handling routine at the end of this file.
    On Error GoTo ErrorHandler
    'Turn off screen updating, and then open the target workbook.
    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    Workbooks.Open FileName:=MyPath & MyWB
    'Search for the specified text
    Set GCell = ActiveSheet.Cells.Find(Txt)
    'Record the address of the data, along with the date, in the current workbook.
    With ThisWorkbook.ActiveSheet.Range("D10")
        .Value = "Address of " & Txt & ":"
        .Offset(0, 1).Value = "Date:"
        .Offset(1, 0).Value = GCell.Address
        .Offset(1, 1).Value = Date
        .Offset(1, 1).Columns.AutoFit
    End With
    'Close the data workbook, without saving any changes, and turn screen updating back on.
    ActiveWorkbook.Close savechanges:=False
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
Exit Sub

'Error Handling section.
Select Case Err.Number
        'Common error #1: file path or workbook name is wrong.
        Case 1004
            Application.ScreenUpdating = True
            MsgBox "The workbook " & MyWB & " could not be found in the path" & vbCrLf & MyPath & "."
        Exit Sub
        'Common error #2: the specified text wasn't in the target workbook.
        Case 9, 91
            Workbooks(MyWB).Close False
            Application.ScreenUpdating = True
            MsgBox "The value " & Txt & " was not found."
        Exit Sub
        'General case: turn screenupdating back on, and exit.
        Case Else
            Application.ScreenUpdating = True
        Exit Sub
End Select

End Sub

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See Also


Range Object

Range Object Members