# Text extract formula in Excel

Hi guys!

The question is this:
I have fiew strings that i have to
extract text from.

JOHNNIE WALKER BLACK.CY
JOHNNIE WALKER BLACK 200ML/FL.CY
and
JOHNNIE WALKER BLACK 1.75L.CY
CY means - Current Year

For the first two I have a formula
which works fine:
=LEFT(O9,FIND(".",O9)-1)
O9 is where the string is.
It returns just the name without CY,
exactly what I need.
But on the 3 one it wouldn't work
because it has 2 periods.

I need a universal formula for any
size of the string, which will extract
me just the name. CY is constant on
every entry.

Appriciated, Misha1

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Commented:
if the string always ends in cy use the following

=LEFT(09,LEN(O9)-3)
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Commented:
sorry meant to post it as an answer
if the string always ends in cy use the following

=LEFT(09,LEN(O9)-3)
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Commented:
Hi misha1

If you need to return all you text accept .CY then this formula will work universally.

=REPLACE(O9,FIND(".CY",O9),3,"")

It is case sensitive though.
Antrat
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Commented:
Or you could use your old formule and just replace the "." look-up string by a refined string ".CY"

Geert
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