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PK316 Frequent Visitor
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How to return the actual value found in a text search



I have a column A that contains sentences. In column B, I want to search for particular words in Column A. if a particular word is found in Column A, then I want to return the value that was found, rather than a true/ false value, or the starting position number of the word found. I have looked at text.contains in the M language, and in DAX, have looked at SEARCH, RELATED, MID etc. but nothing seems to give me what I wanted.


Any help would be appreciated.




Drors Member

Re: How to return the actual value found in a text search

The search formula work fine to me:


Community Support Team
Community Support Team

Re: How to return the actual value found in a text search

Hi @PK316,


By my test, you could create a calculated column with the formula below.


check =
IF ( FIND ( "you", 'Sheet14'[Text],, 0 ) <> 0, "you", BLANK () )

Then you could get the output below.




Hope it can help you!


Best Regards,


Community Support Team _ Cherry Gao
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PK316 Frequent Visitor
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Re: How to return the actual value found in a text search

Thank you for this response. The problem is that I have a list of search terms that I want to use, and dependent on the search term found, the value for to be returned if true will be different thus needs to be read from a list also and not hardcoded.

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