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I get a spreadsheet every day with over 100 mac address. Unfortunately the mac address don't have the colon separating the numbers. How do I go about formatting a cell to add the colons?
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Question by:Edward Pamias
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by:Martin Liss
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You can use this macro. It assumes no headings and that the data is in column A.

Sub MacAddress()
Dim lngLastRow As Long
Dim lngIndex As Long
Dim V As String
lngLastRow = Range("A65536").End(xlUp).Row
' Change 1 to 2 if you have a heading
For lngIndex = 1 To lngLastRow
' 1 in these two lines represents column A
    V = Cells(lngIndex, 1).Value
    Cells(lngIndex, 1).Value = Mid(V, 1, 2) & "-" & Mid(V, 3, 2) & "-" & Mid(V, 5, 2) & Mid(V, 7, 2) & "-" & Mid(V, 9, 2) & "-" & Mid(V, 11, 2)
Next

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by:barry houdini
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I assume there may be letters in which case you can't use number formatting, if you have an entry like this in A2

0123456789ab

and you want it to look like this

01:23:45:67:89:ab

You could use this formula in B2

=REPLACE(REPLACE(REPLACE(REPLACE(REPLACE(A2,3,0,":"),6,0,":"),9,0,":"),12,0,":"),15,0,":")

regards, barry
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Martin Liss earned 2000 total points
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To ammend my code a bit to make it clearer.

Sub MacAddress()
Dim lngLastRow As Long
Dim lngIndex As Long
Dim V As String
Const COL = 1 ' = column A

lngLastRow = Range("A65536").End(xlUp).Row

For lngIndex = 1 To lngLastRow
    V = Cells(lngIndex, COL).Value
    Cells(lngIndex, COL).Value = Mid(V, 1, 2) & "-" & Mid(V, 3, 2) & "-" & Mid(V, 5, 2) & Mid(V, 7, 2) & "-" & Mid(V, 9, 2) & "-" & Mid(V, 11, 2)
Next
End Sub

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by:Edward Pamias
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@MartinLiss

I am using office 2010 if that makes a difference. I am getting a compile error. See below

Sub MacAddress()
Dim lngLastRow As Long
Dim lngIndex As Long
Dim V As String
conts COL = 1 ' = column A
lngLastRow = Range("A65536").End(xlUp).Row

For lngIndex = 1 To lngLastRow
    V = Cells(lngIndex, COL).Value
    Cells(lngIndex, COL).Value = Mid(V, 1, 2) & "-" & Mid(V, 3, 2) & "-" & Mid(V, 5, 2) & Mid(V, 7, 2) & "-" & Mid(V, 9, 2) & "-" & Mid(V, 11, 2)
Next
End Sub
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by:Martin Liss
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I updated the code. Change conts to Const
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by:Edward Pamias
ID: 38762887
@Martinlis

We are close I am missing a colon between BB and CC



00:aa:bbcc:dd:ee
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by:Martin Liss
ID: 38762936
Sub MacAddress()
Dim lngLastRow As Long
Dim lngIndex As Long
Dim V As String
Const COL = 1 ' = column A
lngLastRow = Range("A65536").End(xlUp).Row

For lngIndex = 1 To lngLastRow
    V = Cells(lngIndex, COL).Value
    Cells(lngIndex, COL).Value = Mid(V, 1, 2) & ":" & Mid(V, 3, 2) & ":" & Mid(V, 5, 2) & ":" & Mid(V, 7, 2) & ":" & Mid(V, 9, 2) & ":" & Mid(V, 11, 2)
Next
End Sub

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by:Edward Pamias
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@ Martinls

I got it.. I put my glasses on this time and saw you were missing a ":"  so I added it and it works great!  Thanks!

Sub MacAddress()
Dim lngLastRow As Long
Dim lngIndex As Long
Dim V As String
Const COL = 1 ' = column A
lngLastRow = Range("A65536").End(xlUp).Row

For lngIndex = 1 To lngLastRow
    V = Cells(lngIndex, COL).Value
    Cells(lngIndex, COL).Value = Mid(V, 1, 2) & ":" & Mid(V, 3, 2) & ":" & Mid(V, 5, 2) & ":" & Mid(V, 7, 2) & ":" & Mid(V, 9, 2) & ":" & Mid(V, 11, 2)
Next
End Sub
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by:Edward Pamias
ID: 38762970
Thank you very much! This worked great!
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by:Martin Liss
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You're welcome and I'm glad I was able to help.

Marty - MVP 2009 to 2012
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by:IrogSinta
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The Format function is another option:
Cells(lngIndex, COL).Value = Format(V, "&&:&&:&&:&&:&&:&&")
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