Find in Excel using special characters

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Hi,

I am to search an excel spreadsheet for a series of ID's. these IDs are alphanumeric. In MS Word, I used the ^$^$^$^#^#^# for ABC123. Is there something similar to use for similar searches in Excel?

Thanks

2 Replies

@David28 

Excel does not have built-in support for this - it only allows for simple wildcards * and ? in searches.

You could use VBA, but that will be much slower.

Many thanks Hans, just thought I checked.