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# How to extract a date (month) form a text string

Posted on 2012-04-11
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Dear Experts,
I need a formula which allows me to extract the month out of a text string and have the month in date format and also in text format
This is the text string: Split of expenses for January, 2012 and I need just "January"
I need this for a second formula which shall act based on this month...
thanks
Nils
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Try this ARRAY formula for cell A1

=TEXT(DATE(1,MAX(IF(ISERROR(FIND({"january";"february";"march";"april";"may";"june";"july";"august";"september";"october";"november";"december"},LOWER(A1))),FALSE,ROW(A1:A12))),1),"mmmm")
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Hi, thank you but I only get back December.....In Cell A I have the string and in Cell B I want to have the formula:
Cell A: "Split of expenses for January, 2012"
Cell B: "January"

thanks
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Did you enter it as an array formula?

Select the formula cell
press F2
Press Ctrl-shift-enter
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Hi,
this formula e.g. (=MID(A1;23;7) does not fit as I have 12 such strings and the name of the month has a different length:
thanks

Split of expenses for January, 2012
Split of expenses for February, 2012
Split of expenses for March, 2012
Split of expenses for April, 2012
Split of expenses for May, 2012
Split of expenses for June, 2012
Split of expenses for July, 2012
Split of expenses for August, 2012
Split of expenses for September, 2012
Split of expenses for October, 2012
Split of expenses for November, 2012
Split of expenses for December, 2012
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=SUBSTITUTE(A1,"Split of expenses for ","")
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Or

=RIGHT(A1,LEN(A1)-22)
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The first formula is useful if the rest of the text is not fixed.
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Saqib Husain, Syed earned 250 total points
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For the month name only you can use

=MID(A1,23,LEN(A1)-28)
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If your text string is always like:

Split of expenses for July, 2012

Then the formula becomes much simpler:

for the month as text (and the string is in B6):
=TEXT(LEFT(RIGHT(B6,LEN(B6)-LEN("Split of expenses for ")),LEN(RIGHT(B6,LEN(B6)-LEN("Split of expenses for ")))-6),"mmmm")

for the date:
=TEXT(LEFT(RIGHT(B6,LEN(B6)-LEN("Split of expenses for ")),LEN(RIGHT(B6,LEN(B6)-LEN("Split of expenses for ")))-6)  &" " & RIGHT(B6,4),"mmmm yyyy")

See attached.

Dave
stringToMonth-r1.xls
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How is that "much simpler" than Saqibh's?
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I was referring to:
=MID(A1,23,LEN(A1)-28)

Hmm, it appears that the comment I was replying to has disappeared!
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I see that, now, lol - And a TEXT conversion with minor manipulation will get to the date.

Kudo's Saqibh!

Dave
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I was just going to check out the meaning of "Simpler" in the dictionary just in case I am missing something ;-)
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ROLF

;)
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Who's Rolf? ;)
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ROLF = "Rolling on the floor laughing"
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That would be ROFL, no?
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Now, I'm really ROFL.  I'm going to bed.  Good night, All!
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Rolling on the "Laughing" floor
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Hasta maÃ±ana. :)
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Reminds me of "Song of the South" (a 70's movie I think) - going to my "laughing place"
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thank you
Nils
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