Solved

Extract initials from name while ignoring quotes

Posted on 2012-04-10
4
374 Views
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I'm using this bit of code to extract initals from names:

=IF(LEN(B21)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(B21," ",""))=0,LEFT(B21,1),IF(LEN(B21)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(B21," ",""))=1,LEFT(B21,1)&MID(B21,FIND(" ",B21)+1,1),LEFT(B21,1)&MID(B21,FIND(" ",B21)+1,1)&MID(B21,FIND(" ",B21,FIND(" ",B21)+1)+1,1)))

Open in new window


It works fine for...

John Stevens = JS
John Robert Stevens = JRS

However, it returns quotation marks...

John "Ray" Stevens = J"S
John Ray "Stevens" = JR"

Can the formula ignore quotation marks?
0
Comment
Question by:mcnuttlaw
4 Comments
 
LVL 6

Accepted Solution

by:
yawkey13 earned 400 total points
ID: 37830543
Replace each occurrence of "B21" with SUBSTITUTE(B21,"""","")

Here is the code for B1...
=IF(LEN(SUBSTITUTE(B1,"""",""))-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(B1,"""","")," ",""))=0,LEFT(SUBSTITUTE(B1,"""",""),1),IF(LEN(SUBSTITUTE(B1,"""",""))-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(B1,"""","")," ",""))=1,LEFT(SUBSTITUTE(B1,"""",""),1)&MID(SUBSTITUTE(B1,"""",""),FIND(" ",SUBSTITUTE(B1,"""",""))+1,1),LEFT(SUBSTITUTE(B1,"""",""),1)&MID(SUBSTITUTE(B1,"""",""),FIND(" ",SUBSTITUTE(B1,"""",""))+1,1)&MID(SUBSTITUTE(B1,"""",""),FIND(" ",SUBSTITUTE(B1,"""",""),FIND(" ",SUBSTITUTE(B1,"""",""))+1)+1,1)))
0
 
LVL 50

Assisted Solution

by:Ingeborg Hawighorst
Ingeborg Hawighorst earned 100 total points
ID: 37830558
Hello,

not pretty, but works:

=IF(LEN(SUBSTITUTE(B21,"""",""))-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(B21,"""","")," ",""))=0,LEFT(SUBSTITUTE(B21,"""",""),1),IF(LEN(SUBSTITUTE(B21,"""",""))-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(B21,"""","")," ",""))=1,LEFT(SUBSTITUTE(B21,"""",""),1)&MID(SUBSTITUTE(B21,"""",""),FIND(" ",SUBSTITUTE(B21,"""",""))+1,1),LEFT(SUBSTITUTE(B21,"""",""),1)&MID(SUBSTITUTE(B21,"""",""),FIND(" ",SUBSTITUTE(B21,"""",""))+1,1)&MID(SUBSTITUTE(B21,"""",""),FIND(" ",SUBSTITUTE(B21,"""",""),FIND(" ",SUBSTITUTE(B21,"""",""))+1)+1,1)))

Open in new window


Alternatively, put this into C21:

=SUBSTITUTE(B21,"""","")

Then change your original formula to evaluate C21 instead of B21:

=IF(LEN(C21)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(C21," ",""))=0,LEFT(C21,1),IF(LEN(C21)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(C21," ",""))=1,LEFT(C21,1)&MID(C21,FIND(" ",C21)+1,1),LEFT(C21,1)&MID(C21,FIND(" ",C21)+1,1)&MID(C21,FIND(" ",C21,FIND(" ",C21)+1)+1,1)))

Open in new window


cheers, teylyn
0
 
LVL 2

Author Comment

by:mcnuttlaw
ID: 37830563
Thanks.  Makes for quite an ugly looking formula but it work.
0
 
LVL 43

Expert Comment

by:Saqib Husain, Syed
ID: 37830713
A shortened formula....before Barry sees this

=IFERROR(LEFT(B1,1),"")&IFERROR(IF(MID(B1,FIND(" ",B1)+1,1)="""",MID(B1,FIND(" ",B1)+2,1),MID(B1,FIND(" ",B1)+1,1)),"")&IFERROR(IF(MID(B1,FIND(" ",B1,FIND(" ",B1)+1)+1,1)="""",MID(B1,FIND(" ",B1,FIND(" ",B1)+1)+2,1),MID(B1,FIND(" ",B1,FIND(" ",B1)+1)+1,1)),"")
0

Featured Post

PRTG Network Monitor: Intuitive Network Monitoring

Network Monitoring is essential to ensure that computer systems and network devices are running. Use PRTG to monitor LANs, servers, websites, applications and devices, bandwidth, virtual environments, remote systems, IoT, and many more. PRTG is easy to set up & use.

Question has a verified solution.

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

This code takes an Excel list of URL’s and adds a header titled “URL List”. It then searches through all URL’s in column “A”, looking for duplicates. When a duplicate is found, it is moved to the top of the list. The duplicate URL’s are then highlig…
When you see single cell contains number and text, and you have to get any date out of it seems like cracking our heads.
This Micro Tutorial demonstrates how to create Excel charts: column, area, line, bar, and scatter charts. Formatting tips are provided as well.
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate in Google Sheets how to use the HYPERLINK function to create live links inside your spreadsheet.

831 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