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How to remove a word from a column of cells

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Hi all, I'm a bit new to the website, I had a quick look around existing answers and couldn't come across anything like this:

Basically, I'm trying to clean up addresses. In the addresses column, words such as "Suite", "level", "unit" etc recur. Those words do not necessarily start from the front of the cell and due to data entry errors, are not always separated by a space.

Is there a formula / function or a macro which can identify the words in the cells and automatically delete it from the cells?

Otherwise, happy with a response which can help me automatically delete the word but not detect instances where the word is not separated by a space.

Thanks!

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by:Carol Chisholm
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You can use FIND(find_text, within_text, [start_num]), to find the start postion
FIND always counts each character, whether single-byte or double-byte, as 1, no matter what the default language setting is.

And REPLACE(old_text, start_num, num_chars, new_text) to change it.
 use "" to put nothing
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Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE) earned 2000 total points
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Hello,

can you provide a few samples of the source data and the desired output after processing with a formula or macro?  For example


ABC Suite 123, Devonport
Level 2 Domain Building, Northfolk
Parliament Building Level3
James House, Johnson Suite, Level 1
123 Some Street, Unit 2
Unit 4, 123 Some Street


If any mention of "suite", "level", or "unit" is removed, the result will be


ABC  123, Devonport
 2 Domain Building, Northfolk
Parliament Building 3
James House, Johnson ,  1
123 Some Street,  2
 4, 123 Some Street

That can be achieved with

=SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(A2,"Suite",""),"Level",""),"Unit","")

Is that what you need? If an address contains "Level 42", what do you want to remove? Just "Level" , or "Level 42"?

Please clarify your requirements. It would be most helpful if you could post a data sample with a dozen or so addresses "before" and "after" the procedure/formula is applied. The data sample should represent all the variations that you expect to see in your source data, so we know what to look out for.

cheers, teylyn
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