If you want to assign a value to a cell based on a certain word in another cell, then you’ll need to build a formula because Excel doesn’t provide a simple way of doing so. The following article will help you in this regard. In this article, I will show you how to assign a value if a cell contains a word in Excel.

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## How to Assign Value If Cell Contains Word in Excel: 4 Easy Ways

In this article, you will see four easy ways to assign a value if a cell contains a word in Excel. To apply these methods, I will need some Excel functions. You will see the use of **IF**, **COUNTIF**, **ISNUMBER**, **SEARCH**, **FIND**, **VLOOKUP**, and **IFERROR** functions in the following procedures. Aside from applying formulas to show the result, I will also show the breakdown of those formulas in their relevant section.

To illustrate my further procedure, I will use the following sample data sets where I have two types of beverages.

### 1. Combine IF and COUNTIF Functions

In the first procedure, I will use the combination of **IF** and **COUNTIF** functions to assign a value based on a specific input criterion. Go through the following steps for a better understanding.

**Steps:**

- First of all, prepare the data set like the following image.
- Here, I want to see through the combination formula which cells contain the specific word mentioned under the Input Criteria header in cell
**C4**.

- Secondly, to do that, insert the following combination formula in cell
**C7**.

`=IF(COUNTIF($B7,"*"&$C$4&"*"), B7, "Not Found")`

**Formula Breakdown**

**=IF(COUNTIF($B7,”*”&$C$4&”*”), B7, “Not Found”)**

**IF(COUNTIF($B7,”*”&$C$4&”*”), B7, “Not Found”)**: Firstly, the asterisk sign (*) is a wildcard character. It searches for the “Chips” substring within cell**B7**which is the “Ruffles – Chips” string.- Secondly,
**the COUNTIF function**returns one for every substring match. As it finds “Chips” in cell**B7**, it returns 1. - Finally, the value of
**the IF function**is one (1)=TRUE, it returns the first argument which is the desired output.

- Thirdly, press
**Enter**to check if the specific word matches the cell value of**B5**or not. - Then, to see all the results in the lower cells use
**AutoFill**.

### 2. Merge IF, ISNUMBER, and SEARCH Functions

In the second method, I will repeat the same action as in the previous one but with a different formula and combination. This time I will combine the **IF**,** ISNUMBER**, and **SEARCH **functions in a single formula to get my job done. Follow the following steps for a better understanding.

**Steps:**

- Firstly, like the previous method, set input criteria in cell
**C4**. - Then, based on that criteria, type the following combination formula in cell
**C7**of the primary data set.

`=IF(ISNUMBER(SEARCH($C$4,$B7)),B7,"Not Found")`

**Formula Breakdown**

**=IF(ISNUMBER(SEARCH($C$4,$B7)),B7,”Not Found”)**

**IF(ISNUMBER(SEARCH($C$4,$B7)),B7,”Not Found”)**: Firstly,**the SEARCH function**searches the value of the input criteria in cell**B7**. For “Chips” it returns11 which is the starting position of the substring.- Secondly,
**the ISNUMBER function**converts 11 into a TRUE value. - Finally, as the
**IF**function’s value is TRUE, it returns the first argument which is the desired output.

- Secondly, after pressing
**Enter**, you will get the desired result based on the value of cell**B7**. - Finally, with the help of
**AutoFill**, drag the formula to the lower cells to get those results as well.

### 3. Combine IF, ISNUMBER with FIND Function

This time, you will see the use of **the FIND function** in the combination of** IF** and **ISNUMBER** functions as the third procedure. By using this combination, I will check whether a specific input criterion matches the assigned cell values or not. To find the details of this procedure, see the following steps.

**Steps:**

- First of all, to check if the word in the input criteria is in the cell value of B7, use the following combination formula in cell
**C7**.

`=IF(ISNUMBER(FIND($C$4,$B7)), B7, "Not Found")`

**Formula Breakdown**

**=IF(ISNUMBER(FIND($C$4,$B7)), B7, “Not Found”)**

**IF(ISNUMBER(FIND($C$4,$B7)), B7, “Not Found”)**: Firstly,**The FIND function**searches the value of the input criteria in cell**B7**and returns the location. For “Chips” it returns 11 which is the starting position of the substring.- Secondly,
**the ISNUMBER function**converts 11 into a TRUE value. - Finally, as the
**IF**function’s value is TRUE, it returns the first argument which is the desired output.

- Secondly, to see the answer after using the formula press
**Enter**. - Then, to show the results for the lower cells of the column drag the
**Fill Handle**.

### 4. Insert VLOOKUP Function into IF and IFERROR Functions

In the last method of this procedure, I will insert **the VLOOKUP function** in the combination formula of the** IFERROR **and **IF** functions. This formula also works like the rest of the methods but with some extra features under its sleeve. Here, I will use** the VLOOKUP function** for **Approximate Match (True), **which will return the value even if it is not an exact match. You will see the detailed procedure in the following steps.

**Steps:**

- Firstly, to see the match with the input criteria, insert the following formula that has the
**IFERROR**,**IF,**and**VLOOKUP**functions for getting the desired output.

`=IFERROR(IF(VLOOKUP($C$4,$B7,1,TRUE)="Chips", B7, B7),"Not Found")`

**Formula Breakdown**

**=IFERROR(IF(VLOOKUP($C$4,$B7,1,TRUE)=”Chips”, B7, B7),”Not Found”)**

**IFERROR(IF(VLOOKUP($C$4,$B7,1,TRUE)=”Chips”, B7, B7),”Not Found”)**: Firstly,**the VLOOKUP function**looks up the criteria Chips in range cell**B7**and returns the cell’s value which is Chips.- Secondly,
**the IF function**here always returns the value of the cell whether it is TRUE or FALSE. In this case, it returns Chips. - Finally, as the
**IFERROR**function’s first argument is not an error, it returns the value which is the desired output.

- Secondly, to get the result from the above formula hit the
**Enter** - Then, to use the formula for the rest of the cells of that column use
**AutoFill**.

## Things to Remember

- Be careful, while giving cell references in the formulas. You will not get a correct result with an incorrect cell reference.
- Other than the last method, the other three methods will require an exact match to find the input criteria from the cell values.

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## Conclusion

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