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I was wondering if it is possible to search for part of a text string. For example if the following is in cell A9:

[Agent Name & ID: Ted Simpson - 1008]

I am looking for a way to shorten it to

if(a1:a9="1008", t23, "")

rather than

if(a1:a9="Agent Name & ID: Ted Simpson - 1008", t23, "")
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Would you be willing to develop a VBA macro?

Did a quick search for what you may want and found this at TechGuy

Some useful links to read up on:

For what you want, you may want to use cell References, like a search box.

=if(search(value, cell)>0, true-value, false-value)

In your case

=if(search("1008", A1:A9)>0, t23, "")

Although, i would probably transform A1:A9 into a 1 column Table format or, at least, an expandable NamedRange so you can reference the Range instead of a defined Column/Row definition.

=if(search("1008", lstAgents)>0, t23, "")

Edited 2012-10-15 @ 15:21

Table/Range Design:

Name | ID | NameID
Ted Simpson | 1008 | =[@Name] & " - " & [@ID]

Now the Name & ID columns can be visually hidden and NameID column, and all others after, can be visual and not actively used, per say.

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Oh and you will have to handle for the Error if Search() is not found. Which makes me want to go more towards the VBA Macro usage than incell formula method. – GoldBishop Oct 3 '12 at 2:36
when I try to use the formula I get #VALUE! rather than result (2) – Tom Oct 4 '12 at 13:00
I got it to work with out the quotes "" – Tom Oct 4 '12 at 13:04
can you tell me if search works for a range of cells? if I point to a cell A21 that contains the 1008 the formula works but if I use a range A9:A28 I get the #VALUE! error – Tom Oct 4 '12 at 13:32
can you give me some exaples on the named range or table format? – Tom Oct 5 '12 at 15:23

You want to use the functions FIND or SEARCH, I guess.

Example, not tested (in excel 2010):

=IF(SEARCH("1008", L6:L17,1),t32,"")
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