# Excel IF Function with PARTIAL Text Match (IF with Wildcards)

Leila Gharani
Published at : 29 Nov 2020
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Learn how to combine Excel's IF function with wildcards for a partial text match. For example, you'd like to check IF a cell contains a specific word. If yes, then you'd like a specific result, otherwise you'd like another result.

We also take a look at checking the data against multiple partial match strings.
If you're familiar with the IF function, you know the logical test argument looks for an exact match. In case you'd like to look for a partial match in the IF formula (Excel IF function with text containing another word), you can't use an asterisk sign just like you would in the SUMIFS or COUNTIFS formulas. Instead you need to either use the SEARCH or the FIND functions. These will act as your wildcards.
You can apply the same approach to the SUMPRODUCT function.

LINKS to related videos: Partial match in SUMIFS function: https://youtu.be/2h90wU9jicI
Learn how IF function works: https://youtu.be/KkTaQ5OjAGc

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