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  • Using Find in Excel

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      Despite having used excel for years, I still have to ask this basic question. I noticed when using find in excel in very large spreadsheets that the system goes into “overdrive”. Instead of jumping to the next cell with the relevant value, it keeps searching for a long time. at times the find and replace box vanishes, then comes back with the counter in the top left still running through its searches.

      I normally use find  within sheet, search by rows and Look in Values as these seem to be the obvious criteria for looking for a name or address or a specific amount.  Changing this to look in Formulas gets my results almost immediately but why should I use Formulas instead values in these cases?

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      Hi Beethoven

      The reason the system goes into “overdrive” instead of jumping to the next cell with the relevant value is because you have clicked the [Find All] button instead of the [Find Next] button.

      With Excel2010 the Find and Replace dialog box can indeed “vanish” whilst the find-all process is underway. I tested this with around 1 million data records split across a few worksheets. The Find and Replace dialog box didn’t disappear when I ran the same checks with Excel2016.

      Using Look in: Formulas instead of Look in: Values wouldn’t make any difference if your data records are just that i.e. cells contain just names, addresses, amounts etc. It might appear faster because you have just repeated the same search.

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