Go Premium for a chance to win a PS4. Enter to Win

x
?
Solved

Reformat a field in Excel

Posted on 2012-03-31
4
Medium Priority
?
213 Views
Last Modified: 2012-04-09
Hi, In Excel, how can I make  BROOKS, GARTH to GARTH BROOKS magically?
0
Comment
Question by:Computer Guy
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 99

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 37791139
Assuming you can create a sheet with just this information in it (say a column created as you showed above), save the sheet as a .CSV file and the inport it. The CSV import allows you to define colums by the comma, which is what you want here. Then copy the columns back to your main sheet.

.... Thinkpads_User
0
 
LVL 42

Expert Comment

by:dlmille
ID: 37791285
if A2 has the lastname,firstname, you can put this in B2 and copy down:

[B2] = TRIM(RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-FIND(",",A2))) & " " &LEFT(A2,FIND(",",A2)-1)

This assumes that you may or may not have a space after the comma.

See attached.

Dave
example-r1.xls
0
 
LVL 3

Author Comment

by:Computer Guy
ID: 37795297
Hi,

Thanks, I tried it and it works fine on the ones that are setup that way.

Now when I say have ALABAMA, this shows up in the field: #VALUE!

How can I do this automatically without having to change it manually?

Thanks!
0
 
LVL 42

Accepted Solution

by:
dlmille earned 2000 total points
ID: 37814380
Sorry - for some reason I didn't see your response until now.  I don't get that error in my test, however, I did add some error checking to the formula.  If you get an error in future, just put the text in a cell and upload this sample worksheet so I can diagnose, though hopefully we're now in better shape.

[B2] = IF(ISERROR(FIND(",",A2)),A2,TRIM(TRIM(RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-FIND(",",A2))) & " " &TRIM(LEFT(A2,FIND(",",A2)-1))))

And copy down.

See attached.

Dave
0

Featured Post

[Webinar] Cloud and Mobile-First Strategy

Maybe you’ve fully adopted the cloud since the beginning. Or maybe you started with on-prem resources but are pursuing a “cloud and mobile first” strategy. Getting to that end state has its challenges. Discover how to build out a 100% cloud and mobile IT strategy in this webinar.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Access developers frequently have requirements to interact with Excel (import from or output to) in their applications.  You might be able to accomplish this with the TransferSpreadsheet and OutputTo methods, but in this series of articles I will di…
Microsoft's Excel has many features that most people will never need nor take advantage of.  Conditional formatting is one feature that you may find a necessity once you start using it.
The viewer will learn how to use a discrete random variable to simulate the return on an investment over a period of years, create a Monte Carlo simulation using the discrete random variable, and create a graph to represent the possible returns over…
This Micro Tutorial demonstrates how to create Excel charts: column, area, line, bar, and scatter charts. Formatting tips are provided as well.

927 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question