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Excel - Extract date from a text string

Posted on 2011-09-16
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What's the simplest way to extract the date & time from the following text string:
"This document has been digitally Signed 9/16/2011 6:05:07 PM"

I tried this formula but the result is not being recognized as a MS date/time.
=RIGHT(Rd_Reviewer2Sign,LEN(Rd_Reviewer2Sign)-LEN("This document has been digitally Signed "))

A VBA solution would be best, but a worksheet function (llike I tried) will work.

Thanks, --Andres
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barry houdini earned 1500 total points
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Perhaps try this

=REPLACE(Rd_Reviewer2Sign,1,FIND("Signed",Rd_Reviewer2Sign)+6,"")

That will give the result as a text string

regards, barry
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by:AndresHernando
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Barry, your equation gives me the same txt string as mine.  Still, the text string "9/16/2011 6:05:07 PM" refuses to be recognized as a date.

But I figured out one way to skin this cat.  I multiplied your formula times 1.  Now it works.

Thanks for your help.
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by:AndresHernando
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Multiply the solution formula x1 (times one), and now the text string is recognized as a date.
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by:barry houdini
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Sorry I didn't see the part that said "I tried this formula but the result is not being recognized as a MS date/time", otherwise I would have suggested something similar (I usually add zero)

regards, barry
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