Vlookup text with wildcards into text ranges

nhinx

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Dear Excel Expert,

I been searching for Vlookup function in google for the partial text with a wild cards but it always give me the formula looking for a partial text looking up into ranges with wild cards. My question is vice versa. Example I need to Vlookup the certain text with wild card below
ABCD
DogSmallDogOnly2
BigCatOnlyCat10

<tbody>
</tbody>

Dog=Vlookup("*" & A1 "*",Sheet1!A1:D3,4,False)

<tbody>
</tbody>
The formula above works fine and the answer is 2

BigCatOnly=Vlookup(A1,Sheet1!A1:D3,4,False)

<tbody>
</tbody>

How can I express the Vlookup formula above without changing A1 into a word "Cat"

Thanks
 

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steve the fish

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This array formula:

=INDEX($D$1:$D$2,MATCH(TRUE,ISNUMBER(SEARCH($C$1:$C$2,A2)),0))

Enter it CTRL-SHIFT-ENTER

Bear in mind it can produce unexpected results depending on the data. If you want it case sensitive:

=INDEX($D$1:$D$2,MATCH(TRUE,ISNUMBER(FIND($C$1:$C$2,A2)),0))
 

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