# Best way to find a partial string in a row of data ?

#### Sparkle99

##### Board Regular
I need to find a partial string in row 1 of a sheet
e.g. find "Item.Value" where E1 is "Item.Value01", F1 is "Item.Value02" etc..

I need to return 'E' or number 5 to indicate the column.

I've written a function that uses Application.WorksheetFunction.Find - but this doesn't seem to work.

Code...
findval = Application.WorksheetFunction.Find(MatchVal, "'Item#'!A1")

Where I have a loop to substitute the cell value, the sheet is called Item# and the value is contained in the string MatchVal.
Anyone spot my mistake ? There must be one !

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To get the 1st occurence ONLY use:
Excel Workbook
ABCDEFGHIJK
1ktq-hddabcnnnrnmItem.Value01Item.Value02Find FirstFound In
2occurrence ofColumn #
3Item.Value5
Sheet1
Excel 2007
Cell Formulas
RangeFormula
K3=MATCH("Item.Value*",A1:F1,0)

Modified.... to

=MATCH(J3,A1:F1,0)
where J3 is:
Item.Value*, or Item.Value01, or Item.Value02

Thanks Jim, just after I submitted my question I realised this would work.

But, how would I find the last cell that also matches the string ?

This might be a better way;
Excel Workbook
ABCDEFGHIJK
1ktq-hddabcnnnrnmItem.Value01Item.Value02Find FirstFound In
2occurrence ofColumn #
3Item.Value015
4
5Item.Value026
Sheet1
Excel 2007
Cell Formulas
RangeFormula
K3=LOOKUP(2,1/(A\$1:F\$1=J3),COLUMN(A\$1:F\$1))
K5=LOOKUP(2,1/(A\$1:F\$1=J5),COLUMN(A\$1:F\$1))

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