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# Find and delete a partial contents of a cell in excel

Posted on 2010-08-18
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I have numbers in a column and next to each number there is another number in parenthesis. I want to delete or extract the number in parenthesis along with the parenthesis.
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Question by:RTsal

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To delete:
Select the data, press Ctrl+H, enter (*) in the Find box, leave the Replace box blank and press Replace All.
HTH
Rory

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barry houdini earned 500 total points
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If you want the parentheses and contents in another column then you can extract that with a formula, i.e. If data is in A1
=REPLACE(LEFT(A1,FIND(")",A1)),1,FIND("(",A1)-1,"")
Then select the range of formulas and convert to values by doing the following:
Copy > Edit > Paste Special > Values
Now you can delete the parentheses and contents from the original data
select the range of data and use
Edit > Replace
in "Find what" use
(*)
and leave "replace with" blank
regards, barry
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If your text is in B1, this formula would do the job, it just needs to be dragged down to fill the entire column.

=MID(B1;FIND("(";B1);FIND(")";B1)-FIND("(";B1)+1)
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The other solutions work for just deleting the data but I also asked to extract the data. This solution does both
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If this is a one time delete the data the adding to what rorya said.

Select cell A1, press Ctrl-H, type (*) in 'Find what' and leave 'Replace with' blank. click Find Next, it will locate the first occurrence and if you want to replace click Replace or click Find Next.

If you click Replace it will delete the number and () and take you to the next one to replace or skip, if skipping click Find Next again and so on until you've completed the sheet.

HTH
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>>"I want to delete or extract the number in parenthesis"
note the 'or'.
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