Thanks a lot for your reply. I don't think those formulas do quite what I want. First, I want to be able to search for numbers in general--not necessarily a specific number. Second, those formulas only allow me to specify where in the cell I want to start searching. I'd like to tell them where to STOP searching as well. In my example above, I'd just want to read 12, but not the 3. So I'd need to tell it to only read the first two characters.