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Pull out zip code in excel

Posted on 2013-12-02
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I have Column K that has thousands of zip code. Some of the zip codes are just the 5 digits and some are the 5 digits then a dash and 4 more digits.

I need to have a column of just the 5 digits, not the "dash-four more". Any way I can either delete the dash info or simply pull out the first 5 digits? For example:

Column K
93706
93722-2451
84487-5474
92653
87415-5474

Thanks!
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Question by:cansevin
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by:BlueYonder
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The formula is below.  Fill A1 with the specified cell.
=LEFT(K1, 5)
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Giovanni Heward earned 500 total points
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Create a new column and use the LEFT function.

A1 = 10001-1001
B2 = LEFT(A1,5)
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
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You can also use
Data > Text to columns > Delimited > Use the "-" character
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