FIND DAX Function (Text)

Returns the starting position of one text string within another text string. FIND is case-sensitive and accent-sensitive.


FIND ( <FindText>, <WithinText> [, <StartPosition>] [, <NotFoundValue>] )
Parameter Attributes Description

The text you want to find. Use double quotes (empty text) to match the first character in within_text; wildcard characters not allowed.


The text containing the text you want to find.

StartPosition Optional

The character at which to start the search; if omitted, StartPosition = 1. The first character in WithinText is character number 1.

NotFoundValue Optional

The numeric value to be returned if the text is not found; if omitted, an error is returned.

Return values

Scalar A single integer value.

Number that shows the starting point of the text string you want to find.


FIND does not support wildcards. To use wildcards, use SEARCH.

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--  FIND searches the position of a substring inside a string.
--  Comparison is case-sensitive.
--  You can provide the position from where to start searching
--  and a default value to return in case of no-match.
--  If no default value is provided, FIND raises an error in case 
--  the substring is not found.
        TOPN ( 5, VALUES ( 'Product'[Product Name] ) ),
        "Position of Red", FIND ( "Red", 'Product'[Product Name], 1, BLANK () )
    'Product'[Color] IN { "Red", "Blue" }
Product Name Position of Red
Contoso 512MB MP3 Player E51 Blue (Blank)
Contoso 2G MP3 Player E200 Red 28
Contoso 2G MP3 Player E200 Blue (Blank)
Contoso 4GB Flash MP3 Player E401 Blue (Blank)
Contoso 8GB Super-Slim MP3/Video Player M800 Red 46

Related articles

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Context Transition

This function performs a Context Transition if called in a Row Context. Click to read more.

Row Context

This expression is executed in a Row Context. Click to read more.


Not recommended

The use of this function is not recommended. See Remarks and Related functions for alternatives.

Not recommended

The use of this parameter is not recommended.


This function is deprecated. Jump to the Alternatives section to see the function to use.


A volatile function may return a different result every time you call it, even if you provide the same arguments. Click to read more.


This parameter is deprecated and its use is not recommended.

DirectQuery compatibility

Limitations are placed on DAX expressions allowed in measures and calculated columns.
The state below shows the DirectQuery compatibility of the DAX function.


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