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Table.FindText returns more values than the only exact match



couldn't find the solution, but probably it is something too easy. I'm using Table.FindText to merg a field from another table but in some instances it gives me more matches than I'd like. As an example I have one value 'apple' and I want to find the corresponding colours in another table. (apple > red, appletree > green). So I'm using:


Table.AddColumn(#"Previous step", "Colour of fruitthings", each Table.FindText(Fruitcolours, "apple") as a result i'm expecting only 'red' but i'd also get green because appletree. How do I solve this to only get 'red' and not green.


Kind regards,



Community Support
Community Support

Hi @appsac1 ,


To get only the exact match, you can use the Word.Starts function instead of Table.FindText. Word.Starts returns true if the first word in the text matches the search string. Here's how you can modify your code:

Table.AddColumn(#"Previous step", "Colour of fruitthings", each 
    let fruit = [Fruit Column Name],
        match = Table.SelectRows(Fruitcolours, each Word.Starts(Text.Trim([Fruit Column Name]), fruit)),
        color = if Table.RowCount(match) > 0 then match{0}[Color Column Name] else null
    in color


This code uses Table.SelectRows to filter the rows in the Fruitcolours table where the first word in the Fruit Column Name matches the search string. Then, it checks if there is at least one row in the filtered table and returns the value in the Color Column Name column of the first row if there is a match, or null otherwise.

Let me know if this helps.



Best Regards,

Stephen Tao


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Solution Sage
Solution Sage

Hi @appsac1,


Table.FindText returns a table containing only the rows that have the specified text within one of their cells or any part thereof. If you require an exact match use Table.SelectRows instead.


Table.AddColumn(#"Previous step", "Colour of fruitthings", each Table.SelectRows( Fruitcolours, (x)=> List.ContainsAny( Record.FieldValues(x), {"apple"} )))


There are many variations possible within Table.SelectRows 2nd argument but the important thing is that only rows that evaluate to true are retained.


Ps. Please mark this answer as solution when it helped you to resolve your question, thanks!

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