I have a spreadsheet that contains 20,000 cells.

I want to select all cells that contain "foobar".

How can I do this?

  • What do you mean by "select" and why do you need to select them ? – pjmg Aug 9 '19 at 10:34
  • @PaulJ - Select them as in highlight them so that they can be copied, formatted, etc. – Pikamander2 Aug 9 '19 at 13:19

Let's say you want to search for "foobar" in the A1:B10 range.

Use a IF formula with a condition based on =REGEXMATCH :

IF the range contains "foobar", return the cell, else we do nothing. You can return the cell data but also coordonnate with =ROW() and =COLUMN()

You want to test every cells so I made an array with ArrayFormula.


Edit : this method is case-sensitive, space-sensitive, etc... try using =TRIM or =LOWER

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