GemBox.Spreadsheet is a .NET component that enables you to read, write, edit, convert, and print spreadsheet files from your .NET applications using one simple API.

Search in Excel

Following example shows how to search text in a spreadsheet file. It also shows how to use CellRange.GetReadEnumerator() for iterating over range of cells.

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using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Text;
using GemBox.Spreadsheet;
using GemBox.Spreadsheet.ConditionalFormatting;
using GemBox.Spreadsheet.PivotTables;

class Sample
    static void Main(string[] args)
        // If using Professional version, put your serial key below.

        ExcelFile ef = ExcelFile.Load("SimpleTemplate.xlsx");

        string searchText = "Apollo 13";

        var ws = ef.Worksheets[0];

        StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();

        int objectRow, objectColumn;
        ws.Cells.FindText(searchText, false, false, out objectRow, out objectColumn);

        if (objectRow == -1 || objectColumn == -1)
            sb.AppendLine("Can't find text.");
            sb.AppendLine(searchText + " was launched on " + ws.Cells[objectRow, 2].Value + ".");

            string nationality = ws.Cells[objectRow, 1].Value as string;
            if (nationality != null)
                string nationalityText = nationality.Trim().ToLowerInvariant();

                int nationalityCounter = 0;

                CellRangeEnumerator enumerator = ws.Columns[1].Cells.GetReadEnumerator();
                while (enumerator.MoveNext())
                    ExcelCell cell = enumerator.Current;
                    var cellValue = cell.Value as string;
                    if (cellValue != null && cellValue.Trim().ToLowerInvariant() == nationalityText)

                sb.AppendFormat("There are {0} entires for {1}.", nationalityCounter, nationality);

Imports System
Imports System.Collections.Generic
Imports System.Text
Imports GemBox.Spreadsheet
Imports GemBox.Spreadsheet.ConditionalFormatting
Imports GemBox.Spreadsheet.PivotTables

Module Samples

    Sub Main()

        ' If using Professional version, put your serial key below.

        Dim ef As ExcelFile = ExcelFile.Load("SimpleTemplate.xlsx")

        Dim searchText = "Apollo 13"

        Dim ws = ef.Worksheets(0)

        Dim sb = New StringBuilder()

        Dim objectRow, objectColumn As Integer
        ws.Cells.FindText(searchText, False, False, objectRow, objectColumn)

        If objectRow = -1 Or objectColumn = -1 Then
            sb.AppendLine("Can't find text.")

            sb.AppendLine(searchText & " was launched on " & ws.Cells(objectRow, 2).Value & ".")

            Dim nationality = CType(ws.Cells(objectRow, 1).Value, String)

            If Not String.IsNullOrEmpty(nationality) Then

                Dim nationalityText = nationality.Trim().ToLowerInvariant()

                Dim nationalityCounter = 0

                Dim enumerator = ws.Columns(1).Cells.GetReadEnumerator()
                While enumerator.MoveNext()

                    Dim cell = enumerator.Current
                    Dim cellValue = CType(cell.Value, String)
                    If Not String.IsNullOrEmpty(cellValue) Then
                        If cellValue.Trim().ToLowerInvariant() = nationalityText Then nationalityCounter = nationalityCounter + 1
                    End If

                End While

                sb.AppendFormat("There are {0} entires for {1}.", nationalityCounter, nationality)
            End If

        End If


    End Sub

End Module

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