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Copying only the numbers from a cell

Posted on 2013-10-22
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I have a large column that has a combination of letters and numbers. They are not consistent , some has letters, and some has charterers like blank, (, or &.

Is there a way for me to copy to another column with just the numbers and have them stacked next to each other,

So for example, if the cell contains (#125-54A24) it will copy 1255424
So for example, if the cell contains -AA   23-   56267  it will copy 2356267
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Question by:monster53
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by:Harry Lee
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Use array formula,

=SUM(MID(0&A1,LARGE(ISNUMBER(--MID(A1,ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1))),1))*ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1))),ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1))))+1,1)*10^ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1)))/10)

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by:monster53
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I assume that i need to change the A1 to the appropriate cell.
I did that, however it is only returning the first digit in the cell, if the first digit is a number. If it is not, it is returning a 0.
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by:Martin Liss
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Put this UDF in a module and then use it as you would any formula. For example =(A2)

Function GetNumber(r As Range) As Long
Dim lngIndex As Long
Dim strTemp As String

For lngIndex = 1 To Len(r.Value)
    If IsNumeric(Mid(r.Value, lngIndex, 1)) Then
        strTemp = strTemp & Mid(r.Value, lngIndex, 1)
    End If
Next

GetNumber = CLng(strTemp)
End Function

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Harry Lee earned 500 total points
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monster53,

Please look at the attached sample file. It will show you how the cell references work on the formula.

Did you remember to enter using Ctrl-Shift-Enter?
Keep-Only-Numeric-Character.xlsx
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by:monster53
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This is EXCELLENT !!!!!!!
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