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To search for specific data in a range, worksheet or entire document, use the Range.Search, Worksheet.Search or Workbook.Search methods, respectively. To set options affecting search in a document, create an instance of the SearchOptions class and pass it as a parameter to the Search method. You can set the following advanced options.
- To specify the direction of the search (whether to perform a search by rows or by columns), use the SearchOptions.SearchBy property.
- To specify what to examine in each cell when searching (cell values only or cell values with formulas), use the SearchOptions.SearchIn property.
- To perform a case-sensitive search, set the SearchOptions.MatchCase property to true.
- To search for an exact match of characters specified by the search term, set the SearchOptions.MatchEntireCellContents property to true.
Use the Range.Value property to replace values in cells that match the search term.
A complete sample project is available at https://github.com/DevExpress-Examples/spreadsheet-document-server-api-part-2-t217615
workbook.Calculate() Dim worksheet As Worksheet = workbook.Worksheets("ExpenseReport") workbook.Worksheets.ActiveWorksheet = worksheet ' Specify the search term. Dim searchString As String = Date.Today.ToString("d") ' Specify search options. Dim options As New SearchOptions() options.SearchBy = SearchBy.Columns options.SearchIn = SearchIn.Values options.MatchEntireCellContents = True ' Find all cells containing today's date and paint them light-green. Dim searchResult As IEnumerable(Of Cell) = worksheet.Search(searchString, options) For Each cell As Cell In searchResult cell.Fill.BackgroundColor = Color.LightGreen Next cell
The image below shows the result of executing the code (the workbook is opened in Microsoft® Excel®). Today’s date is located in the expense report and highlighted in light-green.