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excel 2007 duplicate data with unc path

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Hi

I have 2 columns in excel 2007 with thousands of entries - ColumnA and ColumnB like so:

ColumnA                                       ColumnB
\\unc\path1\path2\word.doc           Word.doc

What I would like to do and am struggling to find an answer is take ColumnB as an input and remove the duplicated word.doc from columnA, so I would be left with the following:

ColumnA                                       ColumnB
\\unc\path1\path2\                         Word.doc

I am unable to use find replace with wildcards using \ as an anchor, as I have multiple in the unc paths..

Any ideas?

regards
Bryan


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Place this formula in the Column C ... if the first 2 columns are filled with the above values
=IF(MID(A1,LEN(A1)-LEN(B1)+1,LEN(A1))=B1,MID(A1,1,LEN(A1)-LEN(B1)),A1)
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Why substitute should not be used directly is because there could be the text "Word.doc" within the UNC path and just not at the end.
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In order to eliminate everthing after that last "\"... use this formula
=MID(A1,1,FIND("|",SUBSTITUTE(A1,"\","|",LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"\","")))))
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Use this formula
=MID(A1,1,FIND("|",SUBSTITUTE(A1,"\","|",LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"\","")))))
in conjunction to the text comparison in the first formula to give best results (ie eliminate the last part only if the last part of the text matches the file name).
=IF(MID(A1,LEN(A1)-LEN(B1)+1,LEN(A1))=B1,MID(A1,1,FIND("|",SUBSTITUTE(A1,"\","|",LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"\",""))))),A1)
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hi gbanik

thanks for the reply, much appreciated.
do I highlight the whole column and add the formula?

will this then give me the following?

ColumnA                               ColumnB
\\unc\path1\path2\                 Word.doc
\\unc\path1\path2\                 Word2.doc
\\unc\path1\path2\                 other.html

etc


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also the ColumnA unc paths are different lengths
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hi

ok, I have it working on 1 cell - I have about 21000 rows - how do I apply to all in the columns??
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Couple of ways..
1. Just double click the right hand corner of the C1 (where the formula is)
2. Copy cell C1... select the complete range from C2 to the last cell (say C21000 if 21000 is the last row) .. and paste
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.....le click the right hand "bottom" corner ....
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brilliant - worked for me - I just dragged throughout the column and hey presto..!

Marvellous, thanks so much for your time.

regards
Bryan
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