Questions tagged [regex]

regex stands for "regular expressions". They are used to define a string search pattern that could be used in some web applications like Google editors to do input validation, search and replace among other similar tasks.

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Is there a way to search in Google using regular expressions (regex)?

It would be very useful if Google provided a regular expression search. Is there a way to do this? (OBS: I am not talking about false regular expressions like site:, filetype:, AND, OR or "Text". I ...
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Google Sheets formula for “if contains”

I'm trying to figure out how to identify IF a list of items in one cell contains a value or string. EXAMPLE Cell A1 contains sites, sheets, docs, slides. I want cell B1 to display a 1 'if' cell ...
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FILTER(condition OR condition) syntax?

I am using FILTER() to display a value from Sheet 2 where the Name columns match. My problem is where I want: =FILTER(Sheet2!A:F, Sheet2!A:A="Combat Medic" OR Sheet2!A:A="Universal") as OR results ...
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Average of only the numeric part of cell values when some of the cells contain text and numeric values

I am trying to figure out a formula that will allow me to find the average of a group of cells, where some of the cells only contain numeric values, and some cells contain both numeric values and text....
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Count the number of words in a string in Google Sheets

I have a simple Google spreadsheet with a number of text strings. I just want the number of words contained in each cell. Is there an in-built Google spreadsheet function I may use?
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Case insensitive character string filter for multiple individual columns (dynamic input for each)

I'm looking for an efficient way to filter a data set by multiple individual, case insensitive character strings for multiple columns in a Google docs spreadsheet. I can already achieve this by ...
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Syntax for Unicode characters in regexes in Google Sheets?

What's the syntax to use for general Unicode characters in regular expressions in Google Sheets? Use case: When using REGEXREPLACE with user submitted strings in Google Sheets, I have come across a ...
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Why doesn't Google give search results for '*' [asterisk]?

You can search for anything on Google, right? At least, so I thought. I was trying to see how the special characters get encoded in the url, like how & gets converted to %26. I started searching ...
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Find and place in a column, the first non-blank cell in each row from a range of columns

I'm attempting to create an ARRAYFORMULA that can extract the first non-blank cell value on each row in a range of columns. My latest attempt is this: =TRANSPOSE(QUERY(TRANSPOSE( A2:D6),"select * ...
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Preventing certain words from appearing on a Google Sheets

Let's say that I have a big Google spreadsheet that multiple users have access to, and I'm not able to control which users have access to it. I have a concern for trolls. How would I prevent people ...