I'm looking for a way to search a word in a range B2:G10 so it would return yes if the word is in the range, or no if isn't.

Ex: the formula searches in the ranges B1, B2 and B3 each with a different word (ex: hi, hello, goodbye) and when the word good is searched, it gives me no, and if the word is hello, it gives me yes.

I've tried searching on this: Google Sheets formula for "if contains", but when I try the formulas, they are not working.

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  • I’ve seen some people try do do this, but a lot use substring or formulas that doesn’t work when I try it.
    – AZOM
    Feb 6, 2020 at 16:20
  • Please edit the question to show what you tried. Feb 6, 2020 at 16:22
  • I’ve edited it.
    – AZOM
    Feb 6, 2020 at 17:04
  • If you share a sample (editable) google sheet link, I can show you how to do it.
    – MattKing
    Feb 6, 2020 at 22:36

1 Answer 1


Here's a quick way to do it with if() and regexmatch() on a spreadsheet example

I used this formula


$B$2:$G$10 is the range where you search for a word in B14. It converts the range with false or true based on the match, then IF replace everything with 1 or 0. You could also use switch().

  • I know I’m late, but is there a way to ignore the capital letters in your search function?
    – AZOM
    Feb 18, 2020 at 20:13
  • regexmatch() use a regex so it's capital sensitive. To solve this problem you can use lower() :=if( sum(ArrayFormula( if(REGEXMATCH(lower($B$2:$G$10),lower(B14)),1,0)) )>0,"yes","no")
    – pjmg
    Feb 18, 2020 at 21:35
  • I’ve just tried it, and the only problem is that if I write like: hel and I have “hello” in the document, it will say yes, but it should say no.
    – AZOM
    Feb 19, 2020 at 15:07
  • @AZOM you can add operator ^ and $ to indicate where to start and where to stop. Exemple for exactly hel you can type ^hel$ OR directly in the formula, juste replace lower(B14) with lower("^"&B14&"$"). This way, you'll always look for exactly what's in B14. I've updated the spreadsheet example.
    – pjmg
    Feb 19, 2020 at 19:18
  • Thanks a lot, you’ve helped me a lot. :)
    – AZOM
    Feb 19, 2020 at 19:20

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