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# How do I strip out the content in an Excel cell so that I can create and optimized list of words

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I have an excel file I copied from a public source for this example. I was looking for a simple way to do two things in excel.
1. Remove the everything after the state (getting rid of the population information)
2. Replacing it back with a comma after the city and or forcing quotes around both city and State.

The purpose is to identify for me the cities that I would like to market my consulting services to. I already have clients in many of the listed cities and I wanted to make sure future potential customers are aware that I travel to their cities. So i wanted to make sure that the names of the cities I traveled to were listed in and on my site. I have many more favorite towns I frequent that I would like to add as well. Your support is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Top100Cities.xlsx
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1) you can use this formula: =MID(B2,1,FIND("(",B2)-2)

see attached file.

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For 2), for instance, for the first line:

New York, New York (pop 8,213,839)

How would it look like after the transformation you want to do?
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Like this?

"New York", "New York"
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Actually, for 1) you should use this formula instead because you a space on the beginning of each row:

=TRIM(MID(B2,1,FIND("(",B2)-2))
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Thank you very much.
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