FIND Function

Returns the starting position of one text string within another text string. FIND is case-sensitive.


FIND(<find_text>, <within_text>[, [<start_num>][, <NotFoundValue>]])





The text you want to find. Use double quotes (empty text) to match the first character in within_text.

You can use wildcard characters — the question mark (?) and asterisk (*) — in find_text. A question mark matches any single character; an asterisk matches any sequence of characters. If you want to find an actual question mark or asterisk, type a tilde (~) before the character.


The text containing the text you want to find.


(optional) The character at which to start the search; if omitted, start_num = 1. The first character in within_text is character number 1.


(optional) The value that should be returned when the operation does not find a matching substring, typically 0, -1, or BLANK().

Property Value/Return Value

Number that shows the starting point of the text string you want to find.


Whereas Microsoft Excel has multiple versions of the FIND function to accommodate single-byte character set (SBCS) and double-byte character set (DBCS) languages, DAX uses Unicode and counts each character the same way; therefore, you do not need to use a different version depending on the character type.

This DAX function may return different results when used in a model that is deployed and then queried in DirectQuery mode. For more information about semantic differences in DirectQuery mode, see


The following formula finds the position of the first letter of the product designation, BMX, in the string that contains the product description.

=FIND("BMX","line of BMX racing goods")

See Also

Other Resources

Text Functions (DAX)