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Extract numbers from strings formula in excel

Posted on 2010-09-20
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Hi Experts:

Let's say I have a field with the string value = ABC 12345123451
I need to extract the number out of that field, just the 11-number and leave the text.
What is the solution for this with formula not VBA?
Thanks.
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Question by:luisr69
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by:StephenJR
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Try this, enter it with Ctrl+Shift+Enter so curly brackets appear round it

=1*MID(A1,MATCH(TRUE,ISNUMBER(1*MID(A1,ROW($1:$9),1)),0),COUNT(1*MID(A1,ROW($1:$9),1)))
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by:barry houdini
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It depends on the consistency of your data. If there are always 11 digits at the end try
=RIGHT(A1,11)+0
If that isn't the case then please post some representative examples
regards, barry
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by:luisr69
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It returns the first 5-number:12345 without texts.
Why is "1*MID" if you don't mind my asking.
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by:luisr69
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barry,
Yes it will always be 11-digit.
Thanks.
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Sorry, this is an alternative, but if always the same format barry's approach looks simpler.

=LOOKUP(99^99,--(0&MID(A1,MIN(FIND({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9},A1&1234567890)),ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1)+1)))))
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by:barry houdini
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Does that work for you then? If there are any leading zeroes then my suggested formula will lose them (because +0 converts to numeric). If you want to retain leading zeroes use just
=RIGHT(A1,11)
The result will be a text-formatted number
regards, barry
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by:Rodney Endriga
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If your data is standardized, then you can use the following:
=RIGHT(A1,11)
This will pull all the information from the Right side of the cell that is 11-characters long.

If it is not standardized, you can use something like:
=RIGHT(A1,LEN(A1)-FIND(" ",A1,1))
This will grab everything to the Right side of the " " (space character). No matter what the length of the numbers. You can replace the space character in the formula to another character, if needed (i.e. ~, |, .)

For both cases, you just need to reference the proper cell. Change the A1 to wherever your data is located.
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by:tilsant
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And if the data is v.consistent and of the form
<string> <space> <number>

Then u can select that column and then go to Data >> Text to Columns >> Delimited >> Use "Space" as the separator.


HTH
Tils.
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