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How do I find and extract text from an Excel cell ?

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Hi,

I want to split out the cell contents into 4 columns.
For example, a typical cell in the column has the following data :

09/06/2011
98333.0
£378
1/7/11 - 30/9/11

I want to be able to split these four items into four separate columns using Excel formulas.

Any ideas ?
Toco
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Question by:Tocogroup
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by:Rory Archibald
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Does it need to be formulas? You could just use Text to Columns for that.
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by:Rob Henson
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Is this actually one cell or four cells in the same column? I assume not otherwise you could use the transpose function in the Paste Special window.

Is the first date always in 10 character format dd/mm/yyyy?
Does the value always have the £ sign?
How are the lines separated in the cell, is it a carriage return?

If so:
Column 1 =LEFT(A1,10)
Column 2 =MID(A1,11,FIND("£",A1,1)-1)
Column 3 =MID(A1,FIND("£",A1,1),4)
Column 4 =RIGHT(A1,LEN(A1)-LEN(B1)-LEN(C1)-LEN(D1)-3)

There are a couple of fixed values, the 4 in Column 3 and the -3 in column 4. I guess the value in column 3 will be variable so will need to find a way to identify the length. The - 3 is to overcome the 3 carriage returns ignored in previous calculations.

Thanks
Rob H
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by:Tocogroup
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Hi Rorya,

The problem is that the data (eg.dates using yy instead of yyyy, and vice versa) is not consistent so I can't use fixed width columns. Neither can I use Delimited because there aren't spaces, commas or tabs between some of the fields.
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Rory Archibald earned 500 total points
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But if that's all in one cell, you probably have linefeeds there, so in the delimited options, choose Other and then click in the textbox, hold the Alt key down and type 0010 on the number keypad and then Finish
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by:Tocogroup
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Ah excellent ! I've got two solutions in one.
The Delimited solution is a simple but very good one.
Many thanks
Toco
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